How To Deliver A Successful Project

The best way to ensure a completed project is to spend some time thinking through some key points:

  1. What change are you trying to make in the world? 
  2. What resources (time, money, capabilities, skill, connections) do you have to make this change? 
  3. What resources will you need to make this change? Clearly identify which resources you already have, and what you are lacking. 
  4. When will this change occur? (What is your deadline?)

After thinking through the key points (it is best if you have written them down), you can create a project plan. A project plan includes:

  1. When does everything need to be done? (Your schedule)
  2. Who needs to be involved? (Communications and stakeholder management plans.) 
  3. How will the work get done? (Task assignment and work breakdown structures.) 
  4. What else do you need to think about? (Including budget, risk management, strategic alignment, change management plans, and more.)

The structure of your project may look different, depending on your approach. But the substance will always include the story of your project: 

  • Where did we come from? (Current state.)
  • Where are we going? (The change you are making.)
  • How will we get there, what obstacles are there, and how will we overcome the obstacles? (Your planning.)

Write your project’s story before you begin to ensure that the story turns out as you hoped it would.