Plan Your Project
Planning is the most important and fundamental part of every project. If you have hired the services of a project manager, they will tell you that that the success and feasibility of your project highly depends on the planning. It may require some effort initially, but for the long-run period of time having a well-crafted and well-defined project plan will be a source of great comfort and leisure for you. It will save you a lot of time, money, resources and a lot of meaningless hassle once the project has been launched.
In order to start working on a comprehensive and useful project plan, following components of the project plan should receive your attention:
Get the basic gist of your project:
In order to get started with your project, you need to have the basic idea that what your project is really all about. In the first step, you should breakdown the project into its various components by having a deep and thorough comprehension of what the project actually means and trying to accomplish. When you break down a project into its various components and give each component individual importance, it makes live easy for you and help you focus of various aspects more efficiently.
Define goals and objectives of the project:
The most important thing that you need to get hold of is the goals and objectives of the project. For any project, the goals and objectives are the ultimate things which really matter and they become the gauge for determining the failure and the success of the project. If the goals of the project have been attained than it is a successful project and in case the goals are achieved than it is an indication that there planning and execution of the project had some shortcomings. It is possible that you will be able to achieve some of the goals but for the success of the project, the most essential goals of the project should be achieved.
Lay down Execution tasks:
In order to smoothly and perfectly carryout a project, you need to lay down the list of tasks which you will have to complete in order to be fully able to complete the project.
Build your team.
Getting your project completed successfully requires the inclusion of smart, able and passionate people who share your ideas and goals. It is therefore necessary to build your team. Similarly, you will not be able to accomplish much in a large scale project without appropriate manpower.
Plan for project killers and do Risk Management:
In almost every project, you will have to face some project killers who will either try to slow down or impede the progress of the project. It is therefore necessary to identify these issues and nip them in the bud.
Create a timeline:
Timelines are what keeps the project moving as those projects which do not have any expected date end up eating up a lot of useful time. It is therefore necessary to create a reasonable timeline of the project. It is also a good measure of judging the progress of the project.
Once the project has been in the execution stage for quite some time, it is necessary to carry out the progress study of the project. This will help you analyze if the timelines of the project are being met.
After getting your initial plan, seek feedback from your team, stakeholders, and clients before proceeding.
Adjust your plan accordingly.
Even the most efficient of project plans won’t account for the unforeseen problems that may arise. Have some flexibility with your plan so that you can adjust and plan accordingly.
Once you have your plan in place, and everyone involved is on board, write the plan down so that it can be used as your road-map during the course of the project.