A comprehensive checklist is a powerful project management tool (The Power Of The Checklist), but its usefulness will be significantly greater if it’s thoughtfully crafted and carefully followed. We’ve put together a handful of strategies that will help your team get the most out of your checklists.
Project Management Checklists
At the beginning of the year we outlined some resolutions Project Teams might consider making. If you took the challenge, it’s time for a mid-year progress check. But what if you haven’t made as much headway as you hoped? We’ve put together a “fast track to success” tip for each resolution to help you move…
While your mind is on your own individual goals for the new year, why not also take the opportunity to look at where your Project Team is and where you want to take it in the coming months? If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve put together some resolutions you can use as a launch pad….
Dear Stakeholders: We have a problem. If you dread communicating project glitches to customers, take heart—telling folks your project is facing issues is rarely a fun task, but we have some suggestions on how (and why) to get bad news out in the open.
Stress isn’t always a bad thing, but too much could eventually diminish your performance as well as your happiness. If you suspect your stress level is out of whack, ask yourself these 7 questions to get back on track.
Much of the administrative back-end of project management relies on strong cooperation with other internal groups. One of the teams you’re likely to leverage regularly is Legal. From evaluating vendor contracts to approving lease agreements, the legal folks have got you covered. Here’s how to get the best legal collaboration out of this very busy…
Your project budget can regularly end up in the financial cross-hairs. While careful budgeting is a priority for every project management consulting professional, there will be times when others in your organization want you to cut costs beyond what you think is reasonable. If you find your budget is under serious fire, use these tips…
Many projects delayed by the sour economy will eventually bubble back to the surface. The landscape may have changed drastically since shelving the project, so a thorough reassessment of the project’s parameters is in order.
Checklists, when thoughtfully created and diligently maintained, offer your team a simple yet powerful tool to accomplish a variety of project management tasks, such as tracking communications, accommodating unexpected absences of key team members, and overseeing resources. Depending on the needs of your project, checklists may take many forms. They might be tweaked to accommodate the specifics of a project, expanded or reduced based on scope, and created anew when the need arises. The versatility of the simple checklist is what makes it a useful, constant fixture in any project.
Once a project is complete, take some time to review what was successful and what needs improvement. By evaluating each project in retrospect, you’ll be able to apply the lessons learned to future endeavors.