How to Manage a Project

Carrying out a Project

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Start-up and Implementation

The Project Manager now needs to get the project moving and keep it on the move. For many projects, it can be useful to split this stage into two parts - "Start-up" and "Implementation".

Start-up

Is a defined period in which all involved concentrate on start-up activities. This is particularly useful in complex projects where there are a large number of stakeholders, complicated activities to organise, or changes that people are uncertain about.

It is in this period that any "long-lead-time" items are organised e.g. contracts and contractors, facilities and equipment, finance, and awareness-raising sessions. It can also be the period during which you undertake any data analysis, interviews, or customer/attitude surveys.

Implementation

The work thereafter varies from project to project. Some projects involve the coordination of large numbers of contributors whilst others involve managing technical complexity. It is impossible to be too prescriptive but generally work in this stage involves action on three fronts:

three balls of implementation

Maintaining the Support of "Others"

Keeping in contact with the key stakeholders to ensure that they are still supportive of the project and are up to date on progress - as is relevant to them.

Managing and Progressing the Project

Often this is the main work for the project manager - keeping in touch with the individual activities and tasks that have been planned and progress chasing to keep them on track particularly any which could delay the project. Updating the planning to reflect any changes or delays and look ahead for "Roadblocks".

Keeping the "Team" Connected, Committed, and Energised.

Keeping all who are contributing to the project, the team if you have one, but also any key contributors, up to date with the relevant facts and maintaining their commitment to the project. Communications and leadership are the two keys to this.

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