1. Feasibility Study
Before going on with any technology project, your organisatin needs to do a feasibility study of the viability, suitability and the adoption costs involved. Look ahead and anticipate the pros and cons of implementation. Could the technology be customized to fit into your managament polciies and ultimate mandate?
- Do you have the right skill-set of personnel?
- Does the budget factor the project?
- What is the turn-around time for the benefits of the project?
2. Project Planning
Set clear-timelines. Factor relay-delay times of parallel activities as well as serial events. Benchmark what will be covered as it happens. Institute checks & controls to mitigate against time-overflows of activities. Use different project planning tools to have a true graphical feel.
3. Team Review Meetings
As you start the project have time for Team Planning Events for individual activities. Have reviews and walkthroughs as the events unfold. Here necessary inputs are reviewed and clarifications spelt out.
4. Team retreats
Motivation is key to have successful implementation. Find time during the weekends to unwind, play & relax. Avoid talking about the project unless it is positive, mitigation of sorts or emergency response. Have a good laugh of mistakes. Approach challenges as sport. Dance, sing and let every team member just have a good time. It is only after such that the next TPE could achieve so much more.
Handing over projects is always an uphill task. Knowing this in advance then it is prudent to start preparing handing over notes as the project begins. Write down short comments alongside all developments. You will be amazed at how all the easier it will be at the veery end to compile the commissiong report. Every one wants a concise instruction manual and crisp project report.