Make sure the Project has clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables. It's common for people to hype up...
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the benefits and scope of their projects to secure more funding and improve their profile. But setting unrealistic goals and project schedules is one of the primary reasons so many projects fail. You'll need to be honest with the sponsors and stakeholders about the reality of the project. Everyone wants it better, faster, and cheaper. Work with your sponsors to set realistic project milestones and specific project phases. Make sure your deliverables are set in stone, so they don't constantly change, expand, or shift over time.
12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
Step 02: Get a champion in top management
Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
Step 04: Own the planning process
Step 05: Establish a methodology
Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
Step 09: Communicate early and often
Step 10: Establish clear metrics
Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
Step 12: Know when to ask for help