Step-by-Step Guide: 12 steps to project management success

Managing a successful IT project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects fail. Here are the 12 keys to project management success.

Managing a successful Windows or IT project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing

people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons people fail. If you've been suddenly thrust into the role of project manager, learning the accepted project management practices and methodology is not much different than learning any other technical task. The skills that determine your projects success depend on your ability to manage more intangible skills.

Here's what I've learned over the years:

 


12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS

 Home: Introduction
 Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
 Step 02: Get a champion in top management
 Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
 Step 04: Own the planning process
 Step 05: Establish a methodology
 Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
 Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
 Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
 Step 09: Communicate early and often
 Step 10: Establish clear metrics
 Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
 Step 12: Know when to ask for help

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of LabMice.net, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget
 

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