With all the stress and planning that goes into big projects, it’s easy to forget that the best things come in small packages, and even those small projects deserve time and attention. However, the question isn’t always why project management is important on a smaller scale, but how to use project management methodologies for small projects.
Simon Buehring suggests you stop worrying about documentation and start using those tried-and-true best practices. He explains that a hike takes planning whether you’re climbing Mount Everest or scaling the hill in your backyard. First, work on defining objectives, scope, and deliverables. You don’t want unhappy stakeholders, employees who work on unnecessary tasks, or a boss that claims the product doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. Be prepared with a list of what your team is supposed to be doing, and who is supposed to be doing it.
Also, don’t forget to communicate with team members, track your progress, be prepared for change, and have a risk management plan. Small projects really aren’t so different from large ones. The size of your team might change, but the basic rules of project management don’t. You’ll find your rate of success consistent, if you use the same best practices for both small and large projects.