Your company has assigned you to plan a new project and you don’t know where to start?
First, you should think about what the goal of the project is. This must be clearly formulated so that there will be no misunderstandings during the planning and also later during the implementation. This must be clearly formulated so that there will be no misunderstandings during the planning and also later during the implementation.
When planning the project, make sure that you plan realistically. Yes, the sponsors of the project want the project to be implemented as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, but there is a danger that this expectation will build up pressure, which in case of doubt will become a major burden on the entire project. Therefore, try to build sufficient buffers into the planning and show the sponsors what the consequences of saving these buffers would be.
Während der Planung solltest du dir auch bereits Gedanken über den Einsatz verschiedener Tools machen, um beim Projektstart diese Diskussion zu vermeiden. Erstelle einen Plan, wie und wo das Projektteam seine Aufgaben festhält, Dokumente teilt und Meetings abhält. Überlege dir außerdem einen Plan, wie eine Umsetzung des Projektes auch remote möglich ist, sodass Mitarbeitende im Home Office eingebunden sind und die Durchführung sichergestellt ist.
Bei Sidekick nutzen wir beispielsweise Trello für die Übersicht der Aufgaben, OneDrive um Dokumente zu teilen und Microsoft Teams für das abhalten von Meetings.
The composition of the project team is another important factor in project planning. On the one hand, the qualifications of the team members should meet the requirements of the project; on the other hand, the team needs a balanced social structure.
In addition, the capacity of the individual team members should be such that they can be involved in the project most of the time, ideally full-time. If this is not the case, a delay of the project is inevitable.
The cornerstone of project planning, as well as later during the implementation, is communication. Relevant stakeholders must be involved right from the start so that all perspectives are taken into account during planning. Of course, bringing together the different interests is not always easy, but it is better to encounter these conflicts during planning than when the project is in full progress.
In addition, the commitment of the stakeholders is significantly higher if they are involved in the planning from the beginning.