Project Management is not a simple career, because in some instances you will have to do your best to satisfy different stakeholders with limited resources. Yes, you heard me right! The situation even gets worse when you are given a short duration to complete a complex project. With time frames that look impossible, you might not complete some projects within the given deadlines.
Besides, you might have to deal with difficult people, constantly changing environments among other constraints. Presented below are some pointers to help you conquer any project thrown your way.
Define Success Parameters
If you fail to define the parameters that will bring success to your project, then the chances are that you might break it. You must make the same goal with other stakeholders to ensure the success of the project. The parameters should be objective and traceable to make your project a success. Defining the success parameters of your project in advance will direct you towards achieving your dreams without much struggle.
Just like when doing everything else you must come up with a comprehensive plan to make your project a success. However, you will have a challenge when it comes to determining the time required to analyze and get measurable results. Furthermore, the implementation part of your project as well as gathering the information about potential risks might also trouble you.
Make sure that your list contains a checklist at every step required to measure success to break it into workable chunks. Don’t forget to take care of the projects pitfalls otherwise; they might spell doom to your project.
If you want to approximate how long your project will take then you should do so regarding effort, not calendar time if you use calendar time to approximate your project then its worth noting that you might be distracted by other tasks that require priority, meetings as well as other uncontrollable factors. Take advantage of the eighty-twenty rule to allocate time to your urgent project to beat the given deadlines.
Furthermore, you can use technology to estimate project deadlines.
Don’t show members of your team that you are anxious. If you realize that your project is going off track, the best thing is to look for practical solutions to bring it back on track. You will be more focused and achieve your objectives without struggle once you remain cool, calm and collected. Don’t forget to be strict about deadlines and know how to achieve them.
Remember that you are working with humans and not machines thus their chances of not helping you to complete the project on time are high. The calmer you stay the better for your future clients as well as projects.
You must have a closer look at the outcome of your project. Will the results that you achieve have a permanent effect? If your project is successful, don’t forget to congratulate those who helped toy to achieve your project. Thanking your partners as well as your clients will help them realize that they played an essential role in making your project a success.