Projects come in all sizes and shapes. Some projects are highly complex and require a lot of effort to keep them on track. Less complex projects still require a certain level of communication and planning. Regardless of the complexity, project planning is a step-by-step process. Every project follows the same steps, the project complexity determines to what extent.
Step 1: Define the Project
If this step is not carefully undertaken, the end result may be disappointing at the very least, and expensive at its worst. Goals are defined in measurable terms. Business Needs are analyzed. A Project Charter is written to reflect business need and goals, along with costs, deliverables, available resources and the schedule. Stakeholders are clearly identified. Stakeholders may include users, support personnel, managers and champions.
Step 2: Plan the Project
Many projects get bogged down here. Either the organization spends too much time worrying about the details or not enough. Effective project design depends on a balance of both. A good project design will: satisfy the business requirements, meet quality standards, and fulfill time and budget constraints.
Step 3: Execute the Project Plan
But no plan is worthy without execution. Or in terms of the Nike commercial, “Just Do It!” This step requires skillful coordination of people and resources. Progress is carefully tracked. Deliverables are produced as promised.
Step 4: Analyze Results and Implement Controls
And no plan is flawlessly executed. Unforeseen difficulties will arise. In this step, problems with the implementation and design are identified and corrected. Once the project is determined to be effective, controls are put into place to ensure continued success.
Step 5: Close the Project
Closing out the project includes gaining formal acceptance of the project results, archiving the files and documenting lessons learned. Then communicate it to all stakeholders.
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