Project Management

How to Finish Strong on Your Projects

It feels amazing to finish something you have been working so hard on, especially a project at work. However, there is a huge difference between finishing a project and finishing a project strong. In an article for Project Smart, Kenneth Darter shares some of his tips on how you can finish your project successfully. There are four activities that you should be engaging in in order to finish a project on top:

  1. Train
  2. Plan
  3. Look back
  4. Remain in the present

Stick the Landing

Athletes are constantly training to be the best that they can be, and project managers should do the same. This might involve staying up-to-date on current best practices or making sure that processes backing the project are running efficiently. The team itself should also take some training time, especially at the beginning of a project, to better understand the roles they will play in this operation.

Planning is an essential step in project success, and during this phase, it is imperative that the project manager looks to see what it will take to finish the project. They need to be visionaries who can picture the end and understand what it will take to get there.

Sometimes it is beneficial to look behind you and gauge what is going on. Looking to see what lessons were learned or what revisions took place can help to better plan a future and keep the project on track. Analyzing the schedule of planned dates against the actual dates can help the project manager adapt the schedule to be a more accurate predictor.

In order for the project to finish strong, the project manager needs to be able to stay in the present and understand what is going on at any particular moment. Too much time planning or assessing what has already happened can actually deter success, because it distracts from what really needs your attention: the project in its present state.

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