While having a project manager who is talented can often be considered as an important first step in regards to any kind of successful project, there are other factors that are equally as important to help determine just how successful a project can be, such as attention to detail and careful planning, among other things. Here are five of the most important factors that will help to ensure that your project becomes a successful one.


Smart Individuals

If you fail to implement the right team, your overall plan will risk totally falling apart before it's even put into place. This means that all of the individuals that you bring on board for your project should all be a part of the total dynamic of your team and should be completely committed to the group itself in order to help ensure its success. Always make sure that you place the right people into the right positions, as well as take the time to check that everyone is working well with one another. Furthermore, all individuals should be totally informed about everything, as well as involved with everything regarding the project, in order to ensure that everything is successful. This means that communication is key in this case. For instance, you could consider using a form of online software to help manage everything, as well as keep everyone in the loop regarding all information about the project that is being completed.


Planning Everything Smart

When you plan everything as smart as you can in terms of the project, you are essentially ensuring its overall success right from the beginning. During the planning process itself, be sure to involve all stakeholders, as well as knowing exactly which direction the planning process is proceeding in. There are all sorts of different benefits to planning smart, one of which is allowing for a more realistic and reliable time-scale to be created, which will make everything so much easier as the project continues to progress.


Communication That is Open

Always take the time to look at all details more closely, as well as listen to any and all outside sources of information. Both of these factors are absolutely important to the overall success of any project. It's also equally important to maintain open communication with your entire team as well, as well as ensuring that they do the same thing among one another. If there is an issue that arises with one portion of the project, it can end up affecting multiple other areas in a negative way. With open communication, these sorts of issues will not be able to occur. Furthermore, be sure that there is open communication within your organization as well, such as maintaining an organizational history of all major projects that have been completed. This is something that will provide a convenient amount of access to both business processes and improved policies. If something like this isn't done, you will run the risk of your team repeating mistakes that have already occurred on more than one occasion. It's also important to keep in mind that you and your team should never promise anything if you're not sure you can deliver something. This means that you should never be afraid to say "no" if you have to. Bottom line: always be honest.


Careful Amounts of Risk Management

Any project manager will tell you that things never always go off exactly as they are planned. In any planning process, it's extremely important to compose a risk log that contains an action plan, which lists risks that a project could potentially face. All of your stakeholders should be made aware of this log, as well as where it can be found. In the event that an issue arises, your team will be able to resolve it as quickly as possible thanks to the plan that has already been set forth. As a result, they will already have the confidence that they need in terms of facing different project risks, and the clients themselves will also feel comfortable as well.


Strong Closure of Projects

Any project that doesn't have a strong closure will only risk consuming more resources. Your team should always be firm and agree with the customer in the sense that any and all success factors that are the most critical have been met. What should be confirmed, agreed upon the most, and signed off on are factors like project delivery, testing, and release. One acceptable form of documentation to both file and log for future reference is a satisfaction survey.


Project Management for Business Success Workshop

Time: August 25, 2017, 10:00am


SCORE Austin
5524 Bee Cave Rd.
Westland Park
Austin, TX, 78746

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Five important factors that can make your project successful