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Have You Asked These Critical Project Questions?

The Right Questions for the Right Answers

Asking the right question can bring about some remarkably clear answers. If ever you’ve experienced it, you know just how transformative the right question can be—especially in a project as it’s just starting to get underway. This post by Michelle Symonds shares a series of “critical” questions that every project manager needs to ask about their project.

The questions range for the typical (things like “what is the objective” and “what can go wrong”) to questions that are more unique questions, including those that explore current status and one that asks “who should be involved”:

This is about identifying not only the right people to deliver the project, but also those who need to be involved in the project communications such as your stakeholders and funders. You can break these down into three types of people: Your drivers – those who will directly deliver the project, your supporters – those who will help the success of your project, and your observers – those who will be interested in your project. Once you’ve mapped them out, putting together a robust communications plan to satisfy everyone should be much easier.

Questions Around Process

Other questions are ones that should be asked but often are not (how does this fit into the bigger picture?), and ones that are often asked but rarely get an accurate answer (How will we get there?).

In truth, these questions as a whole create a process that project managers should be going through anyway: the exploration of the project’s purpose and stakeholders to discovering requirements and what “done” looks like. These questions aren’t just ways to figure out more about the work you’re doing, but more about the purpose behind the work and how it will succeed.

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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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