What Would I Do Different (if started my Projects from Scratch)

GoalsAs an experienced Project Professional I am often asked “what I would do differently if I was starting over to ensure that I always delivered my projects on time”.

The One Thing

One thing that really bugs me is how we have become obsessed with Project Management software, tools and methodologies and most Project Managers have lost sight of the fact that people that deliver projects.

The Reality

It’s time for a reality check.
What you can achievement is more about who we are, our beliefs and values than our technical skills.
Sure, technical skills as a project Manager are important however, what is more important is that we have the right MindSet.

Starting Over

One of my biggest lessons I learned in life is that it’s never too late to start over and if you want to make a fresh start and give yourself a better chance of delivering that project on time, then here are three tips to help you achieve that goal.

Have a vision of the Project Outcome.

It’s all too easy to wade into a project and start planning, so just hold on. Take some time out to really understand what your vision of the end of the project looks like rather than just focussing on the plan, the tasks and the deliverables. Create the vision, and share it with your team. Better still, create the vision together, that way your team will buy into more readily.

Treat Project Milestones as Goals.

Every project has them, yet no one treats milestones as goals. The trouble is that most Project Managers focus on the activities that lead up to the milestone and rely on chance that that they will hit the due date, just because they have completed all of the tasks. Focus on the goal itself.

Learn how to achieve SMART Goals.

In business we all get trained at some time on SMART Goals. We only get half he story though and in all the Project Management training I have had and experienced, no one ever taught me to achieve goals, For sure, they taught me how to write them down and omitted to teach me how to achieve them.

What to do instead (the bonus tip)

It’s easy to say “yes ok I’ll do all of these three things”, however my final tip is to write down the goals and I don’t mean have them in your project plan. The best way of recording your goals is to have a template that will guide you through the steps. You can get your free copy of the Power Goal template (and of course it’s absolutely free) from:
http://the-achievement-centre.com/pg-template

p.s It’s only a goal if it’s written down, so please make sure you do, then you stand a fighting chance of succeeding.

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