#1 Not Mapping Dependencies
Don’t do it in your head - dependencies need to be displayed in a Gantt chart and shared, verified and communicated with your peers, suppliers, executives and customers.
#2 Poor Stakeholder Engagement
Work with your sponsor, agree the approach, make it happen, monitor progress and revise plans accordingly. Be pro-active!
#3 Disjointed Planning
You’ve done your Gantt Chart, but do you understand and have confidence in your approach? Collectively eliminate risks and ambiguity.
#4 Uncertain Quality Targets
Share and agree acceptable criteria with stakeholders - understand what is most important for the business.
#5 Risk, Issue and Change Management
Identify, assess and manage your risks at all levels, make each session relevant to the stakeholder. Don’t allow scope creep - your executives will applaud you.
#6 Inconsistent Governance
The wrong people looking at the wrong information often make the wrong decisions. Reduce the number of meeting attendees, engage stakeholders and give them a truthful view of the challenges.
#7 Poor Work Package Management
Imprecise agreements on what is to be delivered and when, will kill a project. Report progress accurately, recognise and address slippage.
#8 No Business Case
Often ignored, the business case will need to be written and accepted. Ensure it is well articulated, justified, robust, SMART and updated.
#9 Compromised Testing
Demonstrate how solutions will be tested, resources planned and risks managed out, and earn significant kudos with executives.