Measure Success

When you begin your project, you should have an idea of what constitutes success and a way to measure that success. Success can involve attaining many goals, such as i Customer satisfaction i Management satisfaction i Being on budget i Being on time

When you start your project planning, know how you'll measure your success. Will success in budgeting mean that you don't exceed your original estimates by more than ten percent? Will your project be considered on time if you worked the estimated amount of weeks on it minus a two-month period when you went on hold for a union strike, or is the total working time less important than meeting a specific deadline? How will you measure customer satisfaction? Will management satisfaction be a done deal if you get a promotion or if your division receives more funding? Does a successful product launch include high sales figures after the launch, or was your project successful merely because you got it out the door?

Place milestones in your project (as shown in Figure 20-2) that reflect the achievement of each type of success. When you reach each milestone, you can pat your team on the back. Knowing what success looks like helps you motivate your team to get there.

Figure 20-2:

Milestones provide markers along the way that give your team a feeling of achievement.

Figure 20-2:

Milestones provide markers along the way that give your team a feeling of achievement.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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