The execution phase of a project, while not immune to issues, can be as effortless as possible if you follow these principles:
- Do the right amount of planning: too little and things "fall through the cracks", too much planning risks "analysis paralysis".
- Get the right team: people that want to do the work, have the skills and have a supportive network.
- Exercise key soft skills: delegation, follow up, give feedback, acknowledgment, hold people accountable
- Be a good coach and mentor for the team: be a leader the team will follow.
- Be proactive, rather than reactive: avoid getting into "firefighting" mode.
- Manage stakeholder engagement: always be sure stakeholders are getting the information and results they need.
Want to learn more about how to integrate these practices into a project methodology? Check out our Micro Guide to the PROJECT Methodology.
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