Glen Allman writes a great Blog. He is based in the United States and writes extensively about project management.
In a recent blog called he describes 3 elements that need to be present in projects. You will not be surprised to see these are:
He expands on each element and went on to ask some questions. These questions are so important for you and your colleagues that I repeat them in full below. I will leave you to think through the answers for your own projects.
Can these or any people, process, or technology approach answer the following?
1. Can we state clearly and concisely what “done” looks like? Can we state the intermediate versions of “done?” Can we state this in some units of measure meaningful to all the stakeholders?
2. Do we know what it will cost to get to “done” or any smaller version of “done” along the way? This cost is usually measured in money. But people and other resources are part of the answer as well.
3. Do we know the date of when we’ll see “done” or any part of “done?” What the variance on this date? If we don’t know the date of the final “done,” how about a “date for the date?”
4. Do we know how we will measure progress along the way? How will we have confidence that progress is actually being made? What are the unit of measure for this progress?
5. Can we see what is going to impede our progress toward “done?” Do we have any way to remove these impediments so we can get to “done?”
Great questions? Worth answering!
Glen’s Blog is called Herding Cats and you can see the full article here