Step-by-Step Guide

Step 4: Own the planning process

In project management, effective planning is everything. One of the worst mistakes you can make as a project manager is to rush the planning process or to implement a plan that isn't yours. You may not have the option of refusing to take on a project, or insisting on your plan, but you need to be aware of this pitfall. If you're replacing a project manager, review their plans carefully and make adjustments as needed. If your project plan came from senior management, you'll have to negotiate changes carefully. The ultimate responsibility for the projects success or failure is yours. If you take the time to plan effectively, you'll spend less time putting out fires and making excuses to your sponsors.


12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS

Home: Introduction
 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

This was first published in April 2005

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