Create detailed plans of action for all your projects

Clear, concise, detailed plans are necessary for projects to succeed. You can’t leave too much up to chance, and having structured plans of action will allow you to retain as much control over your chances of success as possible.

Instructions

  1. Identify your project’s overall purpose and desired result.
    When understood by everyone involved, these two things will appropriately guide every decision made.
  2. Identify correct courses of action.
    Have a careful think about each team member’s capacity for tasks, other resources or support, etc when trying to determine the next course of action to take.
  3. Delegate the planning process down the chain as much as possible.
    Getting everyone involved in the process is essential to it running smoothly. It also gives you the capacity to critically think about plans from a big-picture view.
  4. Communicate with your juniors and seniors frequently.
    While junior leaders will be in charge of developing and executing plans of action, you’ll need to check in every now and then. This is to both ensure things are going as they should be, as well as to build a stronger relationship with your juniors so that they fully understand what they need to do and why they need to do it. You should also check in with senior leaders every now and then for the same purpose.
  5. Brief your team.
    Make sure your briefing is clear so everyone understands the project’s purpose, desired result, and their own role.
  6. Debrief your team after the project is completed.
    This will enable you to analyze lessons learned and implement them in future projects.

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