Start of the project
1. Define the project in general terms. (Set up a project management plan)
Asking yourself the following questions can help:
- What are my goals?
- What end result am I trying to achieve?
- What is my deadline?
- Who will I have to include in this project?
- What supplies/resources will I need to do this?
2. Project Planning
Set clear goals using a project roadmap. (Keep project documentation in order). Remember that the project files are temporary in that they will only be used until the project is complete. While there are several ways to execute goal planning, SMART goals, CLEAR goals, and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are three project planning strategies that can help you get started.
3. Project Execution
In this stage, your team will focus on achieving the goals that have been set. They will use the information gathered in the first two steps to build and launch the project within the specified time frame through teamwork and collaboration.
4. Project Performance
Measure project effectiveness with key performance indicators (KPIs). Define and achieve strategic objectives (consider initial project objectives, analyze key performance indicators, share performance with participants).
5. Project Closing
Organize an analysis meeting with the project participants. This phase is the one that varies the most between different companies and teams. While some like to acknowledge hard work, others like to get started on the next important task right away. There is no right or wrong way to close a project, and it's up to you to figure out what works best for you and your team.
When closing a project, a good practice is to meet with the project participants to get a more detailed view of the success.