- Assign the project team early
- Choose the right project delivery strategy
- Develop realistic estimates
- Actively manage project risks
- Obtain buy-in from senior management
- Develop project specific policies and procedures
- Assign project specific roles and responsibilities
- Have frequent team meetings
You cannot successfully manage a major project simply by drawing on industry experience, following project management principles, and applying technology.
A critical aspect of success is an effective planning and organising effort. That is the first key concept which has been outlined in Part 1 of this Whitepaper. It encompasses team assignment, delivery strategy, estimating, risk management, buy-in from leadership, policies and procedures, assigning roles, and conducting effective meetings.
In Part 2, we will discuss a second key concept – how to effectively communicate and practice time-tested controls over cost, schedule, scope and quality. No single project director or manager can deliver a successful major project on his or her own. It is a team effort; along with the input, advice, and consent of appropriate stakeholders.