Thursday, 11 July 2013

Infographic: 10 Tips to Help Make Your Project a Success

An Infographic With Tips About Project Management

Have a dig around yourself online and after a 30 minute fruitless search I think you'll agree - aside from 1 or two goodies like this one from Rackspace, decent Sharepoint infographics right now are thin on the ground.

Thankfully these folks from Edinburgh have just released a sterling one about project management.

This is the 2nd in the series, the first revealed 10 misconceptions about Sharepoint which you can view here.

SharePoint’s tactical business platform has pre-made templates that enable functionality, efficiency, and collaborative business solutions.

It is crucial to understand how to create a successful project that both enhances and conveys the principles, mission, and overall image set forth by the business.

There are a few key points to keep in mind listed in this infographic to the left for creating a successful project.

First, you want to connect with your most critical, demanding customers.

While it may not be an easy task, gaining their support is highly advantageous for a successful business enterprise.

Indeed, it is often the most stubborn and belligerent customers that, when pleased, become your most strident supporters.

Rather than passing out handbooks filled with elaborate instructions, provide users with hands-on training.

It is also important to designate a project owner who has the experience necessary to make informed decisions.

Allowing the IT dept to govern your project is a mistake because IT is not the population that is going to be using it.

Therefore, usually they cannot offer well-founded requirements on behalf of others.

Ensure that your project has a distinct name and is not simply denoted as "SharePoint." The name is merely a scaffold, and the project needs to hold character and convey the end benefits.

However, the project itself should be open ended. As the business develops, the requirements should grow with it.

Always enable interactivity, so that business users can collaborate and contribute development ideas.

Be sure to anticipate change and go with it. It is normal for plans and strategies to shift with time.

When the need arises, draw up detailed requirements that will ensure progress and improvement. Always keep expectations within reason.

Pay attention to the figures, especially with regard to cost and delivery dates. You want to encourage and promote productivity without overshooting the expectations.

Do not allow senior management to be the only constituents of the project steering group. Get business users onboard, as well.

Interactivity is very important. Likewise, do not overload on the authoritative rules. Keep rules simple and straightforward, especially at the onset.

As the project grows, you may consider implementing more in-depth policies.

An increasing number of project managers are thriving by using SharePoint to power their ventures and project initiatives.

When correctly employed, it offers several features that give rise to a successfully managed project.

Essentially, it is important to provide a well-managed foundation and encourage collaborative efforts.

I think that about sums up the 10 tips, to view the infographic in full size, please go here.

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