A project is not worth doing if it does not align with the strategic objectives of the business. Establishing a strong business case, and ensuring all stakeholders are bought into that business case, means everyone is focused on achieving a common goal.
Ensuring all project team members are clear on what is expected of them is key to running a successful project. Having a realistic plan, and simple and effective reporting, gives transparency to all stakeholders. Setting the right expectations ensures there is a common understanding of what can be delivered within the timeframe and budget.
All work undertaken by the project team should be done to an agreed standard of quality. Poor outputs delivered on time lead to more rework, and ultimately take more time and cost more money.
Selecting the correct team is essential to the success of the project. Team members need to be suitably skilled in order to deliver against the objectives set, in the timeframe, and to an appropriate level of quality. Applying learnings from previous experiences helps to ensure best practices are followed, and a fit for purpose solution is delivered.
Strong leadership is key to ensuring a project delivers against its business case. Being open and honest about how the project is performing against the strategic goals, and being able to demonstrate this to stakeholders, is essential. Change is inevitable in a project, as are risks and issues, therefore clear and simple tracking and reporting should be used to continually assess the health of the project, whilst validating its ongoing viability against the business goals.