Implementing change Increasing the potential for success

Acey, John
August 2004
Management Services;Aug2004, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p22
Academic Journal
This article offers guidelines for increasing the potential for project success. It is vital that the vision for the project is recorded and shared with others. Those directly involved in the project must have a clear understanding of the goal. For a given project to be delivered to an agreed level of quality either or both the amount of resource and the duration of the project can be varied. If a project is delayed and the original timescales are to be achieved, the project manager has two possible solutions: increase the amount of resource working on the project, accept that the level of quality will have to reduce. However, increasing the number of people working on a project will not necessarily reduce the delivery time. It is easy for managers to ask continually for more staff when this is not the solution. There can be temptation to begin an apparently small project without any form of planning. Gradually the project grows and eventually falters as it loses direction. Writing a plan however simple, showing the steps to be taken to complete the goal will keep the project moving in the right direction. Initially when the plan is written, it may be appropriate to record the first steps in more detail than the final ones. INSET: The Author.


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