Project Management

5 Best Practices for Successful Project Implementation

Make Implementation More Successful

Want to increase your chances for a more successful project implementation? Sunil Srivastava has five best practices that you may want to try out for yourself. Project implementations fail for a number of reasons, including poorly followed methodology, inadequate resources, or even just poor communication.

The list of 5 best practices includes:

  1. Business and organizational issues are identified and analyzed clearly
  2. Not setting aggressive or optimistic schedules
  3. Real time monitoring and analysis of the project implementation’s progress
  4. Management of expectations
  5. Audits and assessments conducted by an external auditor

Time Well Spent

Each of these best practices are, at first glance, time-consuming to implement. However, consider the alternative. Any time spent in optimizing or implementing these best practices provides huge benefits during project implementation.

Consider the second best practice in the list (not setting overly aggressive or optimistic schedules):

Project Managers often set overly optimistic deployment dates despite the realities and limitations of the actual project. For example, even when the design phase seeps into the development phase, the timeline doesn't. Project progress must be monitored throughout the implementation. Discussions regarding key project dates should start early in the project's life cycle to avoid downstream impacts.

Real Time Monitoring Is Key

Also consider the benefits of real-time monitoring and analysis of projects: many organizations only perform “lessons learned” meetings after the fact, or are informed of project issues after they have occurred. With real-time monitoring, it’s possible to not only gain terrific insight into how things go wrong, but also change the course of the project in order to get it on track—saving time, money, and certainly frustration for the whole team.

One best practice that might be the hardest to implement is the last one listed: bringing in an outside auditor. This is difficult to justify not only to upper management because of understood cost, but also for teams, who might feel as though they are being watched for any mistake. It’s important, if you indeed decide to go this route, to explain to team members that the external auditor is there to help projects succeed and to remove roadblocks—not to judge how they are doing their work.

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