The pre-project meetings are over. The seeds have been planted. Everyone knows their roles. Everyone knows the goals. Everything looks perfect on paper. So all you have to do now is wave the green flag and say, "Go!" as you watch in admiration while all of the pieces fall seamlessly into place, right?
Not so fast.
Your project may be doomed before it even starts. Organizations often do not spend enough time in the planning phase before setting an initiative into motion. According to Business Know-How's 20 Tips for Project Management Success, the road to a successful mission starts in the garage. How well you prepare will play a huge factor in every stage of the race. If you find yourself hitting roadblocks that you haven't already thought a contingency plan through, you may put the whole project's worth into question. Every misstep not only wastes money in the form of time to correct, but also puts you in the position where you have to execute on the double just to meet your original expectation. Without mistake. Save yourself the stress and necessity to be inhumanly flawless down the stretch by taking these pre-project measures.