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The 3 Top (hot) Tips for Leading a Project to Success
Of course Prince Two and Microsoft Office have a place and are critical…however neither of them cover leadership, behaviour and ‘show me the money…’
So, using the three timeless headings for each and every project…
- Time – Treat the project as top producers and directors do a West End play. ‘OK, we open on that date, so we have to be ready 10 days before, and we can iron out any last minute difficulties during our preview run, and absolutely ready by opening night, when the paying audience arrive expecting a finished article.’ So, working backwards from that date, in what we in Naked Leader call advance hindsight, what needs to happen, when and by whom?
- Cost – So many words, articles and books have been written about cost. You will know the cost. Now, calculate the return on investment, which must of course be three times the cost (at least). If you can’t do this for a project, don’t do the project.
- Quality – This has to be determined by the internal teams or external customers who will be using the project outcomes, not by the project team itself. And, have one person who is overall accountable for the project – one name, totally accountable. Finally, put together your project team based on different, complementary strengths, passions and expertise, so you have every single area covered by at least one person.