Qualities of a Good Project

  • On time, on Budget, and of good quality
  • Planning is everything – schedules, mock-ups, test runs, start up tests... Plan, plan, plan
  • Project manager must feel and transmit to their team a sense of urgency
  • Effective communication between all project stakeholders
  • All project deliverables and all project activities must be visualized and communicated in detail
  • Deliverables must evolve gradually – don’t just jump right in.
  • Project require clear approvals and signoff by sponsors
  • Project success is co-related with thorough analyses of the need for project deliverables
  • Project managers must fight for time to do things right
  • Project manager responsibility must be matched by equivalent authority
  • Project sponsors and stakeholders must be active participants, not passive customers
  • Projects typically get sold and resold – be ready to “sell” the project on all terms
  • Project Managers should acquire the best people they can and then do whatever takes to keep the garbage out of their way.
  • Top management must actively set priorities