Once you know what your project is, you'll need to establish the best way to implement it. This goes beyond established project management practices and includes technical procedures specific to your IT project: testing, implementation, best practices, reporting issues, troubleshooting, back-out plans, etc. Don't re-invent the wheel if you don't have to – check the web for existing project plans, management notes, and technical publications...
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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
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