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Years ago, the team I worked with nick-named me "The Wrangler". When I asked why, they told me it was because I added structure to the work we needed to do. The name has stuck, and so has the obsession with adding structure to our plans.
Over the years, I've witnessed several projects that didn't go anywhere. In some cases, it was because of shifting business priorities. In other cases, it was because clear objectives, milestones, actions, and timelines were not defined. I have found that creating a project plan and communicating it to project participants and stakeholders is key to success. A well-defined and broadly communicated project plan sets expectations and makes it possible to hold people accountable for their deliverables.
If you are working on a project that does not seem to be progressing, try creating a project plan. To do this:
Now that you have a plan in place, socialize (and re-socialize) the plan with key participants and stakeholders. Schedule a regular cadence meeting with the project participants to track progress on actions and associated risks. And set up regular check-ins with stakeholders to provide them with updates on your project's progress.
Does anyone have other tips for creating a project plan?