The execution phase of project management is the most important one. Not only does it guide a project through its initiation, it is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of planned projects once they are started. This phase is what turns plans into actions, and ideas into realities.
Brithe Publishing’s new book Adventures in Project Management: Denver International Airport outlines all five steps to the project management cycle using one of America’s largest projects as an example. The execution phase was crucial to the construction of the Denver International Airport in 1985 and the success that it has come to be known as. Adventures in Project Management: Denver International Airport will get you ready to tackle your next big project, step by step.
The Biggest Step
Project management consists of five steps: initiation, planning, execution, control, and close. The execution stage is by far the most time consuming and is a process all its own. It consists of several important management aspects to ensure that the project has the manpower and skills needed, is running smoothly, quality is monitored, and risks are minimized.
Some of the steps for executing a project are:
- Acquiring, developing, and managing a project team
- Constructing deliverables
- Developing communications
- Managing procurements
- Tracking quality
- Identifying risks
- Limiting issues
- Creating a relationship with customers
- Monitoring progress
- Reviewing execution at completion
Stick to the Goals
All aspects of a project should be able to be measured, relevant, realistic, specific and confined to time. Leaving a project open, or figuring it out as time passes is not effective and rarely successful. All of a project’s goals should be clearly stated with steps leading to its completion.
The planning period is the phase to determine goals, resources, budget, and a schedule. Those things need to be monitored, and constantly measured and recorded during execution to be sure resources are used wisely and the project is running correctly. This includes quality assurance. If a product or service is not satisfactory it needs to be recognized immediately. Keeping proper record of every aspect of execution will help to identify problems and keep track of progress.
Execution is a complicated process, and will define a project’s success. It is important to know the scope of a project in order to implement it correctly to reach the goals. A scope helps to give the project a direction. Who is this project for? What is its purpose? If at any time the scope becomes unclear, something has gone wrong, and the project will need to be reevaluated.
Need More Help Executing a Project?
If you need some more information on how to execute a project, or about any project management step, Brithe Publishing has a book for you. The Adventures in Project Management: Denver International Airport by Blake Stone is available now and is full of the information that you need to get your next project up and running. Order your copy now!