Are you about to embark on a new project?
Before getting on board, make sure that the destination is the right one and that the ship is properly sized and equipped.
Go slow to go fast
Starting on the right foot can make the difference between a successful project and a disastrous shipwreck: not surprisingly, the motto of the competent manager is ‘go slow to go fast’ (go slow when you prepare, so you will go fast during the race).
Consequently, I suggest you stop for a moment to answer some key questions (21 is my lucky number).
I suggest you write the answers on a sheet of paper, so that you can review them all together: in this way you will be able to evaluate your project from an overall perspective and the answer to the last question will come out almost immediately.
What if the last answer is not affirmative? It will mean that you have avoided wasting a lot of time and money (yours and of all the other people involved in the project)!
Questions for a successful project
- Why do you want to invest time and energy in this project?
- How did the idea of the project come about?
- What will change if the project is successful?
- What would be the consequences if the project fails?
- What are the alternatives to carrying out this project?
- What are the objectives of the project?
- What are the constraints that the project must respect?
- What are the main obstacles to overcome?
- What skills are needed to carry out the project?
- What other projects are affected by this initiative?
- What indicators will you use to measure the success of the project?
- How long is the duration of the project?
- How much is the cost of the project?
- How much of your time will you have to dedicate to the project?
- Who benefits from the success of the project?
- Who are the users of the project outcomes?
- Who finances the project?
- Who can provide you with the necessary skills?
- Who could put a spoke in the wheel?
- Who can help you overcome difficulties?
- Are you still convinced that it is appropriate to start this project?
The point is that the foundation for the success of a project is laid at the time of starting a project and that the most important decision is to choose the ‘right project’.
Is it really worth it to commit time and resources to the project I’m about to start?
Wouldn’t it be better to invest in some other initiative with better prospects?
Since answering the above questions is vital, the most important question remains:
- Where do you find the information to answer the 21 questions?
In fact, you cannot answer any of these questions without engaging the project stakeholders.
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