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5 Steps for Project Management Nirvana

Are you new to project management? Or, maybe you’re just finding yourself in a management rut? Wherever you are in your career, you’ll be able to benefit from Alison Green’s five steps for project management nirvana.

Know what you want from the project, Roles, and Worst Case

First, get clear on the desired outcome before starting the project. You won’t be able to deliver a successful outcome if you don’t know what one looks like.

Second, establish clear roles. Don’t waste time throughout the project figuring out who’s responsible for what.

Third, conduct “pre-mortem.” This means look at the worse possible scenario and what you will do if it happens. Not being prepared is the worst part of project failure.

Pre-built Check-Ins & Debriefing

Fourth, build in check-ins along the way. These allow you to keep work on track, and they are another way to catch problems early.

Finally, debrief when the work is over. It’ll be tempting to just call it a day when the project is over, but be sure to go over what went well and what didn’t. If you follow these steps you’ll not only find management nirvana, but also project success.    

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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