Tony Robbins said that there is no such thing as an overnight success or overnight failure.

As a simple message as it is, it’s almost always forgotten during a project execution.

If a Project was successful, it’s not because suddenly things turn well.

There were a series of tasks executed. Were all those tasks performed perfectly? Most probably not, but if they were executed with satisfaction and the project achieved its goal, it’s considered a successful project.

As a Project Manager I am regularly checking the project and I see that those skills are very important in our daily life to label it in a week/month/year/decade time as being a successful life.

1 Have a Goal

Lighthouse representing your goals

I can’t even stress enough how important it is to have goals. Our goals are like the lighthouse that illuminates our path. There are so many people whose time pass lacking clearly defined goals.

This is especially true about projects. The project must have a very specific goal, which is time-bound as well as flexible enough in case there are changes, and there will always be changes!

Without goals, we will stay in the same place day after day.

I still remember at one of my first job interviews as a student, I asked the interviewer how long is he in the company, just to receive a response:

I am there 10 years, that seems a lot, but you do not understand how fast the time passes!

2 Have the right resources

If we have everything to achieve that goal, that won’t be a goal but a task we execute. Getting X amount of salary increase is a goal. Buying food is not.

The resources can be people we need to help us in achieving our goal. Typical example is organizing an event. Think about what knowledge and new tools you would need?

This also applied to moving to a new position or deciding to change our career.

When we have the right resources, the goal becomes achievable. There are many people who become discourage, because they hadn’t defined for themselves what resources they lack to achieve that goal.

Time is of course one of the biggest resource people underestimate. The most common mantra I hear occasionally from people is:

I don’t have the time!

If we are currently in this situation, it’s better for us to go back to the goal and re-evaluate why we want to do it. Having amazing goal without the right resources could lead to disaster.

3 Execution

Once we have the goal and the resources it’s time to execute the goal. It’s okay to have dependencies and to accept that not everything will be crystal clear in the begging of the project. As much as resources and a clear goal we have in the beginning of the project the better the quality of the project will be in the project’s end.

There will be soon an article about the variables of a good project.

4 Control and delegation

The final step in Project management is to have a regular control and to ensure that the people and resources we have are used at their optimum.

Summary

In this post you had read a high-level overview of how to be on top of your project.

Would you like to learn more about useful tool you could use?

Then the following article will be very useful: https://aleksvladimirov.com/how-to-be-on-top-of-your-project/

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Aleks Vladimirov

Technical Project Manager at Thales | Entrepreneur and Facilitator | Prince2, PSMI, Soft-Skills Trainer, DTM

Alek has vast experience in Software Development as well as Project Management and training session designing and delivering.

He had been part of the Toastmaster organization and had achieved the highest award Distinguished Toastmaster(DTM)

He is certified as Scrum Master and Prince 2 Practitioner.

He is leading multiple non-profit initiatives related to training and entrepreneurship.