Think about the feeling that you get when you finish a project well. Take a moment to sink into the emotion of concluding the work within the scheduled time, spending less than you had expected, and delivering a solid result that your stakeholders are using. Picture how satisfied your stakeholders are because their problem is solved. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to be confident that every project would end with this feeling of euphoria? 

Ask yourself the question: “How many of my projects successfully end on time, within budget, and delivering what the stakeholders need in a way that they rave about the results?” This question evokes much less pleasant emotions. 

Your goal as a project manager is to help people finish their projects and finish them well. The best place to start is with three areas of focus: 

  1. Understand who your stakeholders are. Talk to them regularly.
  2. Understand how the vision of the project fits into the big picture. Whether it is the big picture within the organization or the whole world, knowing where your project fits gives you context and planning. 
  3. Define your measurement for success. Know what you will measure when the project is complete to understand whether you have achieved what you had hoped. 

As a project manager, you can help everyone experience the emotion of a project well-finished and its results making an impact.