You have a deadline and you must deliver. Does your organization have a plan in place? Our management team has compiled five steps to project management. These five steps help make project management consistent, predictable, and repeatable. These steps are about planning your project, implementing the plan, and achieving the goal. Use the following steps in developing your organization’s project managers.
1. Project Conception and Initiation
An idea for a project will be carefully examined to determine whether or not it benefits the organization. During this phase, a decision making team will identify if the project can realistically be completed.
2. Project Definition and Planning
A project plan, project charter and/or project scope may be put in writing to outline the work to be performed. During this phase, a team should prioritize the project, calculate a budget and schedule, and determine what resources are needed.
3. Project Launch or Execution
Resource tasks are distributed and teams are informed of responsibilities. This is a good time to bring up important project related information.
4. Project Performance and Control
Project managers will compare project status and progress to the actual plan, as resources perform the scheduled work. During this phase, project managers may need to adjust schedules or do what is necessary to keep the project on track.
5. Project Close
After project tasks are completed and the client has approved the outcome, an evaluation is necessary to highlight project success and/or learn from project history.
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