How to ensure a Project stay on Schedule?
May 16th, 2017 in Project Management
One of the main goals of project management is to ensure that the project stays and finishes on schedule. Here are some tips from our experience of keeping Projects on time.
Determine the Scope and Objectives of the Project before you start
First and for most, a well-planned project has to have a well define scoop and objectives. To ensure a project will stay on schedule, a rigid scope for the project will need to be figured out and communicated to the team. It is important that every team member is on the same page before the start of the project. Same goes for Objective of the project as well. What exactly is the end goal? What are you expecting to achieve at the end of this project? These questions need to be answered before the start of the project.
Coordinate and Communicate
Once the project starts it is important that every team member is on the same page. Figure out which communication channel works for your team. Be available for face-to-face meetings and listen to the concerns and questions of the team members. Everyone should be clear on what is expected of them and when they need to have their part done.
Plan for Unexpected Issues
There will always be unexpected issues that will come up. It is always a good idea allocate a little time for these unexpected issues. This way there is some room to maneuver and still be able to finish the project on time.
Break the project down into small Tasks
When a project is started it looks like one big daunting task that needs to be finished by a certain date. Break it down to small daily and weekly tasks, give them a due date and assign them to team members. One task at a time you will be reaching closer to the big goal while hitting the small goals on daily and weekly basis which can’t be under-estimated for a team’s morale.
Review the Progress Frequently
Review the progress on the project almost daily, that is the best way to make the necessary adjustment. If you have broken down the projects into daily tasks then review the progress of those tasks, make sure they are being completed. In case they are not, figure out why and make the adjustment. The review process will help you stay on top of the project.
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