A - Project Initiation
A02 - Appoint the project manager
A03 - Appoint the key team members
A05 - Identify and plan the deliverables
A06 - Identify risks and plan responses
A07 - Have project initiation peer-reviewed
A08 - Make a go/no-go decision
B - Monthly Initiation
B01 - Revise and refine the plans
B02 - Have the monthly cycle peer-reviewed
B03 - Make a go/no-go decision
B04 - Kick off the monthly cycle
C - Weekly Management
C01 - Measure and report performance
C02 - Plan responses for deviations
C03 - Kick off the weekly cycle
D - Daily Management
E - Monthly Closure
E01 - Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction
E02 - Capture lessons and plan for improvements
F - Project Closure
F02 - Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction
F03 - Have the closing activity group peer-reviewed
F04 - Archive the project documents
G - Post-Project Management
G03 - Conduct a focused communication
This management activity belongs to the post-project management activity group: a 3- to 6-month cycle of activities that start after the project ends and continues for 1 to 5 years. This activity group may be merged with that of other finished projects in a central portfolio management system.
The same person who was the sponsor for the project is responsible for this cycle, unless this responsibility is transferred to someone else.
Send a short message to announce the benefits realized from the project and the plans for improving them. This information may be shared with a small group of authorized people in the organization (e.g., managers and directors), or with everyone. The preference is to share it with everyone.
This is a continuous reminder for the recipients that projects are done for their benefit, and they need to consider this in their current and future projects.
Considering the following can help you avoid some of the commonest problems:
- Don’t consider everything as confidential, but share the information with the whole organization when possible.
- Keep the message short and clear.
- If you are responsible for multiple small projects, you can combine their reports into one, but make sure that every project is covered.
The following principles play a significant role in this management activity: