Get Results with Project Management

December 28th, 2012

Tags: project managment, managing projects, deliverables based project managment

Have you ever been faced with a project that has so many tasks that you feel overwhelmed?  Have you ever been frustrated with using a project management software tool that drives you into the minutia of the project?  Have you ever spent excessive time tracking the tasks daily and weekly and realize that the project may never get done?  If you said yes to any of the above or all of them you are not alone. 

The role of project management is to complete projects and achieve end results that accomplish a specific purpose.  That is why the project was undertaken in the first place.  If you want to get results with project management your project plan must start with the end results in mind.  Ask yourself, “What is the result to achieve and purpose to fulfill with this project?”

Results focused, or Deliverables based, project management plans are geared toward delivering the end result, achieving the ultimate purpose behind the project, and not on completing a long list of tasks.

If we focus on the deliverables the tasks will take care of themselves and the project will be completed and the expected results will be attained and its purpose fulfilled.  Have you ever completed a project and found that many of the tasks were never completed, or even started?  The reason for that is the focus was all on the tasks during the planning process.

Here are the three steps to follow to get results with Project Management.

  1. Define the Deliverables or Results
  2. Define the Purpose for each Deliverable
  3. Plan the key actions to achieve the desired results

It really is a simple as that!  Focus on the Deliverables for Successful Project Management.

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