Here are some of the key components that I feel are important to the successful delivery of projects
- Asking the right questions upfront
- Setting realistic expectations
- Clearly defining roles
- Regularly revisiting the schedule
- Communicating transparently
- I have found nimble and visual tools to be the most efficient and understandable in team environments
- I use an array of applications and processes to keep myself, my teams, the company and clients informed
- Some of my favorite tools: Keynote, iCal, Basecamp, Merlin, Product Plan, Trello, Wunderlist and Google Docs
Kick-off Brief for Internal Team
A high-level brief is how I like to get my teams up to speed on what the objectives, timeline and individual roles are on a project.
Calendar View Schedule
Gantt charts can be purposeful and I certainly use them, but the simplicity of a calendar layout that everyone is familiar with speeds up comprehension of the tasks, deliverables and milestones.
Post Project Synopsis
A post-mortem overview is a great way to collect team feedback on how the project was run and I use the findings to facilitate a meeting with the company’s Leadership Team to discuss overall project success and determine how to improve upon similar efforts in the future.