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The ‘work’of business is increasingly taking the form of projects - specific, focused, time bound efforts - of review, improvement, engineering, re-engineering, introduction, start up, implementation, execution, development, and change. More and more ‘business’ involves ‘making things different’ - directing efforts to intervene in what exists today and move forward positively to a new and ideally more productive, effective, and rewarding state of affairs.
Project management skills and project membership skills are becoming increasingly valued as work involves change, new initiatives, and a series of projects to add value for internal and external customers. Here is a checklist to ‘sharpen the saw’ for effective project management.
Getting started with your lights on!
What strategic issues will this effort address?
What key opportunities for differentiation and competitive advantage will this project contribute to?
The important benefits this initiative is expected to achieve.
The key processes and activities that this effort will address.
The important process drivers and cost drivers that need to be examined.
The gaps in organization capabilities and in alignment with organization goals.
The ‘enablers’ and opportunities for greatest leverage.
Alignment of the project with the strategic and business objectives.
Organization change and growth through the development of new capabilities.
Deliverables including cycle time and efficiency objectives.
The opportunities for individuals in participation and/or alignment with the effort.
Performance management systems.
Systems development capability.
Project management skills.
Internal communications processes.
Identify issues, obstacles, gaps, blockages, opportunities ... such as ...
Prepare a plan of action ...
So what's next?
Execute confidently and quickly ... and then ...
Identify! Illuminate! Elaborate! Align! Strengthen! Plan! and … execute faster!
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