“You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.”
Delivery is the driving force behind people working hard for any specific thing assigned to them. Their hard work will get nullified if the things are not delivered at the right time or are delivered late due to any circumstances, as the end-products might not have that value after a certain time-lapse of delivery and thus reduces its importance of existence.
Project deliveries in the corporate world work on the same phenomenon, most of the project managers even after having a hard-working team, fail to deliver their projects on time which thus affects their company’s reputation.
For all the company heads holding authoritative positions and are responsible for the deliverables of the company, here are some of the guiding principles to project delivery that can help you make a work process to get things done on time.
• Simplify the complexities
The term project management itself means making complex project deliverables simple. Before you get into getting people to work on something, meet them to discuss the project definition.
Discuss what exactly the business idea is, not as the technical experts but as a layman, who is thinking and talking about the executed product. Simplifying things, and perceiving the products from the user’s point of view will help your team get the view about what exactly they can do from the technical side to make the vision into reality.
• Clearly defined roles and expectations
The second thing you need to do after the idea discussion is to make sure everyone understood it the same. Keeping everyone on the same page will help them coordinate better as they will be having the same understanding of the work process and will be well aware of what others in the team are doing.
Define the roles, make a document about who has to do what and until when it has to be done so that the work of the other people in the team doesn’t get disturbed. Along with the roles, show them the level of output you and your clients are expecting from them to give them an idea about the outcome that is needed to be produced from the hard work that they are doing.
Clarification of the vision and the outcomes will help them encourage to do better as they know the purpose of doing a certain activity.
• Well researched and evaluated execution plan
It’s time to take action. By the completion of the second principle, you are set with the ideation of the deliverables. But just having ideas will be of no meaning until these ideas are put into a proper plan of execution.
Research well about the market trend and the cutting edge technologies that can be applied in the project. Find 3 options of the solution and contemplate what would work best to get the most of the created idea.
After all your research, start making the tasks and a workflow that leads to project output. Set the priorities of each task to understand the urgency of its completion. Make sure each of these things is kept transparent to your people working on the project.
• Set standards for quality of outcomes
Just getting work done is not what you want your people to do, but giving the best that you can deliver to your client is all the motto of working on a project.
Set benchmarks of the small tasks in the project, once these small things are completed and match the quality of the output that you have set from your research, you will be relieved. As the outcome that you will get as a combination of these small successful deliveries will exceed your expectations.
• Realistic delivery commitments
The final thing that lists down in the principle list for you as a manager is, the delivery deadlines you set and committed to your client. Yes, in order to make sure that the things are delivered on time, you as a manager have to play a little smarter on your side.
Give the estimated time adding the time for the working process while also keeping in mind the risk of failures or obstacles that might act as a hindrance to the delivery. Having some extra time before the delivery time will give you a chance to rectify even small changes or just flick through the project deliverables to see everything is just as per the discussion to avoid any type of disaster at the time of delivery.
There are no strict rules for perfect delivery, as you always have to juggle different approaches to make it work better than the last time.
The above-mentioned principles could surely help you get ignited to make a solid plan for your next project, just follow the mentioned flow and in no time you will realize that having one is so much beneficial.
So start making your action plan now, as the only thing that matters, in the end, is how perfectly you deliver things on time.
James Vargas is an experienced business expert, consultant, and manager at Get Everything Delivered. With the 1.5-decade corporate experience, he is now sharing his guidance to start-ups to grow with corporate team building activities and project delivery solutions.
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