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6 Tips to Ensure You Meet Project Deliverable Dates

Any good business seeks to make their customers happy, and project deliverables are one way to ensure that you have the happiest, most loyal customers. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares the six tips that will ensure that you are meeting project deliverable dates:

  1. Have accurately defined deliverables.
  2. Keep good documentation.
  3. Avoid the lure of informal agreements.
  4. Never assume.
  5. Everyone must pitch in.
  6. Remember the dependencies.

Document and Agree

When deliverables are inaccurately defined, it causes a major red flag because of the potential risks. Normally a hazy definition comes from not fully understanding the project or what the customer ultimately desires.

You do not need to wait for everything to go wrong before you begin keeping accurate documentation. When certain elements are omitted from documentation, such as plans or quality control reports, there is unnecessary stress for everyone involved. Documentation should be both easily accessible and in a language that is understandable to everyone. Likewise, deliverables that are not formally agreed upon cause much confusion and unnecessary aggravation. There should be formal agreements in writing, so there is no disappointment or dispute in the future.

You should never assume anything when it comes to project deliverables. Assuming anything from resources to the efforts required by the project team will set the entire project up for failure from the very beginning.

Every member of the team plays an integral role in the ultimate success of the project. When people are not playing their part and working to achieve the same goals, even if just due to a lack of time when a person’s availability is spread thin, this weighs down the rest of the team and can cause the project to ultimately fail.

Deliverables will likely have some dependencies that you will need to consider, making the sequencing of deliverables alone crucial to consider. Delivering items out of order could be a waste of resources if nothing ultimately plays nicely.

You can read the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/3071868/project-management/6-tips-to-ensure-you-meet-project-deliverables-dates.html

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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