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Project planning – how to become a pro

How good are you at project planning? If you ask me the same thing I would answer: A little better after each project, but never fully satisfied.

Nowadays I can avoid the biggest problems and it's mainly because of this list about project planning:

Here are seven questions that will make you better at project planning:

1. What can I do for my project at an early stage in order to increase the probability of project success?
The question is worth asking because it makes you think about things you can do right now. The fact is that you start every new project by planning it and that is important, but sometimes there is other stuff you have to do in the beginning to get a better start.

2. What skills do I need to get this project on the web, who are the best people to hire and when should they step into the process of my project?

3. How do I get these people to feel as passionate as I do for this? It's one thing to identify who you want to work with, but it's quite another to help them understand why you want them, what roles they can play and then convince them to choose to accept the assignment, even if they have other things to do too. Even in a business where people are employed to help you, it's important for you to make them just as eager as you are to strive for success. Who said that project planning is easy?

4. What are the key results to be achieved with this project? To answer this question in your project planning is extremely important because it's so easy to be more focused on the implementation of the project rather than where it's actually going.

5. Look closely at project planning. What important steps are enclosed in project planning? Pinpointing the important steps enables you to easily see that you are on the right path.

6. How detailed should your project be at this stage? Think closer about the complexity of the project, how many people are involved and what these people are going to bring. All those factors may play a role in how detailed plan you need. Make your plan detailed enough so that everyone involved gets a clear picture of what results you want to achieve and what you expect of them and when you want to see the results.

7. What can you do at this stage that removes unnecessary risks and obstacles along the way? Think about the end result for a while and imagine the weak points that you must overcome. Then take a step back and consider what you can do to remove as many of the problems before they arise.

Well, these are the things you can do to avoid reaching for a bottle of Valium!

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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