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How to Improve Your Projects in One Hour

What can you accomplish in an hour? Maybe going through your ever-growing closet or maybe even making a nice dinner. What about improving your projects at work? In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin gives five tasks that not only better projects, but can be completed in an hour each:

  1. Compose some success criteria.
  2. Review the issues log.
  3. Track down colleagues.
  4. Review the to-do list.
  5. Take some photographs.

Start the Clock

The first task is simply writing some success criteria. There needs to be a gauge in which to measure future success on projects, so if there is no success criteria established a project’s success cannot be accurately measured. It may take longer to get the project sponsor on board with the idea, but a solid draft can be written in a mere sixty minutes. You could also read the issues log and even do something to combat it. Too often issues are added to a never completed checklist, so start making a difference.

On your own to-do list, there is a probable chance that you need to get in contact with someone who seems to be evading you. Take your hour and call up that colleague and get whatever it is that you need from them. Additionally, look at other tasks on your to-do list. Some tasks are a little more time-consuming than an hour, but there are some that can be knocked out or even reorganized to better fit a plan of efficiently completing them.

The final task is something more creative: take some photographs. These pictures can be anything from a team photo to screenshots of the new software. These are excellent assets to have for communication because it is a clear illustration of what the project is about,and may even help entice stakeholders to be more engaged. Take an hour to take a few pictures, edit them in some format, and plan a way to distribute them.

Only have an hour? No problem! There are a plethora of activities waiting to be accomplished. You can read the original post here:

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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