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Project planning in a simple manner

Project planning - 7 smart things to consider before getting the project up and running

Actually, we're all project managers in one way or another. Some people plan simpler projects, like a road trip through Europe, others work to get the complex computer systems to function for an entire company. What all successful projects have in common, small and large, is to have the right answers to a number of issues that are the same, regardless of the project size and complexity.

Here are seven questions that will make you a better project manager:

1. What can I do at this early stage in order to increase the probability of the project's success? The question is worth asking because it makes you think about things you can do right now. The fact is that in the beginning of the project you dedicate yourself to the planning and that is important, but there is sometimes other stuff that you have to do in the start-up process to get a better start.

2. What skills do I need to get this on the web, what are the right people to join me and when should they step into the process?

3. How do I get these people to become as passionate for the project as I am? It's one thing to identify what people you want to work with and quite another to help them understand why you want them, what roles they can play and convince them to choose to work with you, even if they have other things to do as well . Even in a business where people are employed to help you, it's important for you to get them just as eager as you are to make the project successful.

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

5. What are the most important steps for the project plan? Seeing them as important steps enables you to easily see that you are on the right path.

6. How detailed should the 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 a 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 as possible before they arise.

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