Focus on Success!

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key planning points:

  1. Do the right project. Using benefit cost analysis or ROI, and looking at opportunity cost, look at the project that gives you the biggest value for your effort and is most aligned with your company’s strategy, moving you in the direction you want to go.
  2. Define scope clearly and precisely.
  3. Plan the whole project. Make a plan for each of the nine areas.
  4. Do good architecture. Work with words and pictures to bring people with different perspectives onto the same page, contributing to and committed to the project.

Prepare your team in just two steps:

  1. Get the right team: Using the WBS (work brake-down structure) define the skills needed, and get people with those skills. Be honest about gaps, and close them by taking time to learn to get it done right.
  2. Get the expertise you need: Know that being expert in one area means not being expert in other areas—sometimes closely related disciplines. Recognize that project, being unique work, require learning from and collaborating with experts. Remember, hiring experts you can work with is less expensive than not hiring experts you can work with.
  • Here are list of necessities if you want to have success in your business
  1. Scope:After defining scope clearly, teach the cost of changes to reduce change requests, then manage all changes, adding to the project only when it is essential.

  2. Time:  Use unbiased, accurate estimation techniques. Set up systems to gather, track, and analyze time and cost information, so you can keep them under control

  3. Quality: Focus on quality at all three levels to ensure value. At the technical level, trace requirements and design checking and testing throughout the project to reduce errors. Then design a test bed, and implement the tests. At the project level, work to prevent error, then find and eliminate the errors that slipped through. Do as much testing as you can as early as you can. Allow time for rework and retesting to ensure you’ve eliminated errors without letting new ones creep in. At the business level, include customers in testing, and remember that the goals are customer delight and added value.

  4. Risk:Plan for uncertainty; prepare for the unexpected. Perform risk management with your team every week of the project

  5. Human Resources : Help each team member step up in self-management and technical expertise. Teach everyone PDCA so that they can improve. Then teach them to work together, until you have a great team of great people

  6. Procurement :Get the supplies and resources you need. If your project involves contracts, be sure to keep the contracts in alignment with project value and specifications, not just generally associated with goals and work

  7. Communication:Have a communications plan, and follow it so that you are in touch with all stakeholders throughout the project. Make sure everyone knows what they need to know to make decisions and get work done. Analyze status information to create status reports. Be prompt and decisive

  8. Integration: Constantly direct corrective action. Evaluate all events that could change the project schedule, and all scope change requests. Review the effects of any change on all nine areas before making a decision, and then implement a revised plan with re-base-lining.

  9. Cost: Your estimations should be accurate and en-devour to have carried out a detailed collection of fact of actual cost before making final estimations.



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