We are almost through the New Year honeymoon phase which means that the resolutions made during the first few days of 2013 are probably starting to unravel. For project managers it can be very difficult for them to maintain momentum on resolutions as the pressure mounts on projects that had been temporarily “parked” during the holiday season.
The solution is not to avoid resolutions entirely but rather to define some SMART ones. The profession is getting better at delivering scope within time and cost constraints so a worthwhile objective for 2013 might be to improve the change outcomes for your projects.
Here are a few questions to help seed some ideas for practices you either want to refresh or commence:
- Does a well-defined vision of the desired outcome or end state exist for your project?
- Has this vision been communicated to all stakeholders?
- When’s the last time you reminded your project team of the rationale and expected benefits for the project?
- When’s the last time you randomly polled impacted staff to gauge their change awareness and readiness?
- Is your stakeholder analysis gathering dust – when’s the last time you reviewed and refreshed it?
- When’s the last time you helped your sponsor or project owner assess or validate the expected benefits of the project?
- Is the elevator pitch for your project still current and when’s the last time you actually delivered it?
- Is this elevator pitch in techno-babble or can anyone understand it?
- How will you know if your project has succeeded?
- Has a baseline of current performance or metrics to use as a basis for evaluating the project’s success been gathered or at least planned for?
- Have all of your project’s deliverables got owners identified and assigned that will be responsible for their post-project ongoing care & feeding? How do you know that they won’t “drop the ball”?
- Has an operational governance process been established for your project’s deliverables? Has it been tested?
- Does the rationale for your project’s continued existence still hold true and what would be the organization impact if your project was cancelled tomorrow?
Let’s make 2013 the year where we can all be the change we want to see in our project world(s)!