The world is littered with examples of project failures, like the Ford Edsel or the Apple Newton. Of course, your project may not involve launching a new automobile or a computer product, but you are going to invest a lot of time and effort; so, how do you take it from conception to success? Understand that your project is composed of a series of tasks, each of which will need to be carried out on time and on budget – or as close as possible – if it is to be successful.
 
5 Ways to Get Your Project Off the Ground: Follow the Leader | Teamwork.com High Performance Blog
Follow the Leader
If you are not leading the project yourself, then it is imperative that you employ someone who can deliver the right result. They must possess not just leadership and technical skills, but the ability to help drive performance.

  • Communicate effectively
  • Know your limits
  • Don’t lose sight of your goal

As Walt Disney said, “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.”
 
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Plan Properly or Face the Consequences
There are many potential pitfalls in any plan, so making a comprehensive list will ensure you are not blindsided. Here are some of the factors to consider:

  • Weigh the potential benefits. Is there a clear ROI, even long-term?
  • Are staff levels sufficient? Do you need to hire another team member?
  • Do you have a handle on costs?
  • Weigh the risks.
  • Build in a contingency plan.

 
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Use a Project Management Tool
You can manage your project a lot easier with project management software, such as Teamwork Projects, which will ensure your company can manage its projects from conception to completion. The benefits are considerable:

  • It allows team members to collaborate in real time.
  • Allows better cost control.
  • Ability to allow risks, forecasting, and budgets.
  • With flexible report formats, Teamwork Projects can keep tasks on schedule.
  • It has document sharing tools that facilitates updating the status of reports and create systems that allow for transparency and communication.
  • And the software is easy to use, with little training required.

 
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Team Building
No project can hope to succeed unless every member of the team feels invested in the project. That’s why a successful project manager will ensure every member is valued and that attention to detail and delivery of the project on time is crucial. Failure to pay attention to this detail may lead to slippage in delivery, costing you time and money – things you can ill afford. Did we mention the dreaded scope creep? So, get your team on board.

  • Delegating work to them will inspire trust and build confidence.
  • Be supportive.
  • Let them know you support and trust them.

 
5 Ways to Get Your Project Off the Ground: Flexability | Teamwork.com High Performance Blog
Flexibility
Sometimes factors you may not have considered may impact on your project. Be prepared to be flexible in your actions and respond quickly. An effective response will be a testament to your own skills and will help inspire your team.

  • Be prepared to adapt if the unexpected happens.
  • Think of this as an opportunity to show your organizational skills.
  • Whatever you do don’t panic.

 
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…And Finally
These are some of the building blocks that best ensure your project succeeds. There is nothing like the satisfaction you get from seeing a project coming to fruition and a job well done. But a good leader is never content, but always looking ahead, ready to apply any lessons learned. A good project well led, backed by a motivated team and Teamwork Projects is a winning formula.
 
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