6 Simple Steps to Start any Project [+ Free Template]
Getting your project off the ground can be a difficult task at the best of times and it can often be hard to even know where to start! Fear not, for there are a few simple steps that you can begin to take today that will ensure you get your work done on time and done well.
6 Simple Steps to Start any Project
1. Define Your Goals
First things first: decide what you want to achieve. This is done by ensuring you put a lot of thinking into what your goals are for your project. I suggest having one main goal and a number of smaller goals that will ultimately lead you to project success.
Document your goals and objectives in a project charter or project statement.
2. Identify Your Team Members
The second step on the ladder to beginning any project is the identification of the various team members to be involved. This step must be considered from a number of viewpoints: firstly, who do you already have? Identify their strengths and weaknesses and make further actions off the back of these. Secondly, who do you need? Spot gaps in your team based on your goals and fill them in with the necessary skill sets.
3. Define Your Work
What is the actual work that you will need to do in order to achieve your goals? This is done by focusing on each individual goal you have decided upon and agreeing with your team on what needs to be done in order to achieve it.
Define the tasks as clearly as possible and ensure there is no misunderstanding between the various members of the group.
4. Develop Your Plan
Create an actionable, systematic and logical plan that you know you can achieve. Ensure you create an overall project deadline date and also assign deadlines to your sub-tasks that you created in step three.
5. Delegate (smartly)
So simple, yet so vital! Delegating work will not only allow you to work faster but it will also develop the skills of the rest of the team… so everyone wins! But make sure you’re delegating smartly – no point in giving the marketer a piece of software to develop!
6. Execute and Monitor
The final step is to get working on your project and monitor it continuously throughout the process using a project management tool. Keep open lines of communication throughout which will ensure you and your teammates are up to speed with what is going on around you. Try and meet regularly to go over your progress and make any necessary changes due to unexpected bumps in the road!
Using a SharePoint Project Management Template to Start Your Project
A quick way to start every project the right way is to use the free SharePoint Project Management Template from BrightWork.
Used by over 40,000 organizations to manage projects on SharePoint, the template was developed by SharePoint experts, project management consultants, and inputs from BrightWork customers to deliver a fast and easy way to manage projects.
The template will help you:
- Store the project charter in an easily accessible document library – along with other project documents.
- Assign and track tasks for each team member.
- Easily plan and manage the project schedule.
- Track open, overdue, and upcoming work.
- Monitor project progress with reports, status icons, and metric tiles.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively.