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Eight Questions You Should Be Asking Right Now About Your Project

Questions Get You Answers

Asking questions of projects is a great way to figure out a number of things. Not only specific questions about the project, but also questions that uncover why the project is being performed, how it aligns with the company’s mission and how resources are being utilized. In this post, Michelle Symonds shares eight questions which shed even more light on your projects. They include:

  • What is the ultimate goal?
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What are the parameters of the project?
  • How will you know whether or not the project was a success?
  • Have any assumptions been made about your project?
  • What has to be done?
  • Do you have a rough project schedule?
  • What could get between this project and success?


What Does Success Look Like?

It’s clear that the majority of the questions are concerned with the end-point: what does success look like, how does the project get there, and what could get in the way. But the end of a project isn’t the only concern of a project manager. An often overlooked element of project management is whether the right people are brought into a project consistently: 

Now that you have an idea of what needs to be accomplished, you need to begin building your team and deciding who are going to be the planners and who will be the ‘doers’. Make up a list of people that you think you are going to need for your project, and put a mental check mark next the ones you think would be better suited for the planning process. When you reach the end of the list, you will have two project tiers – planners, and doers. Right now you may have a feel for how large, or small, that your team needs to be but you need to be aware that you can only provide estimates at this stage, and you may need to rethink size and structure as new information becomes available.

These questions aren’t all easy to answer—both technically and for your ego. But it’s important to remember what the overall goal is: it shouldn’t be just to complete the work, and it shouldn’t be to serve as a proof of your importance. Every project should forward the movement of the company, and asking pointed questions like this are a good way to assure that is happening.

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About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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