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Published here August 2021
The 10 Principles of Project Success
- Everything starts with Ideation: Innovation, exploration, experimentation
Allow the time and provide the resources to imagine before you establish an active project.
- A clear purpose informs and inspires: Rationale, (dis)benefits, sustainability
Develop a simple purpose statement that articulates both the problem and solution.
- The sponsor is both advocate and accountable: Advocate, godparent, executive
Select a sponsor with the necessary level of belief, skills and authority, and require them to provide sufficient time and focus.
- Customer needs drive the solution: Voice of the customer, definition, design and scope, requirements and boundaries.
Put your customers at the front and center, and involve them throughout the project.
- Realistic planning involves both ambition and pragmatism: Process, milestones, resources, cost
Temper your ambition with a realistic assessment of the available resources, time and budget.
- The perfect is the enemy of the good: Test, assure, excel
Use your imagination to progress one step at a time towards a successful outcome.
- Well-managed uncertainty is a source of advantage: Anticipate, monitor, mitigate
Ensure an approach to risk and uncertainty that sustains a tension between pace and assurance.
- Stakeholder involvement is required and continual: Identify, communicate, engage
Start with an understanding of your stakeholders and their understanding of the project and sustain this throughout the process.
- A high-performing team and culture are indicators of the health and resilience of a project: Team, project, organization
Invest time to develop techniques to measure and sustain your team's motivation, capability and performance.
- Project-driven organizations build capability to deliver change: Selection, prioritization, implementation, agility
Design systems and processes for managing the portfolio, developing project implementation capabilities and aligning the organization.
28. Ibid, p5-6