Within most large organizations – as well as smaller businesses – time and resources are in short supply yet high demand, making project selection more difficult. Evaluating and prioritizing projects can be complex, but this vital first step can negatively impact the business if not assessed carefully.
All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises.
1. Become Involved in the strategic level planning
2. Make the Project Schedule Visible to Every team member on board.
3. Identify factors which may impact project success
4. Know your business well
When you know your business, you’re in a much better position to prioritize project work. Here are some ways to learn more about your business, and continually stay on top of trends:
- Read widely in your field and industry.
- Pursue continuing education.
- Ask each team member about the work being done.
- Learn what matters to your manager, other stakeholders and customers.When you know the business, and understand how your team’s work fits in to a larger vision, you’ll be able to set the right priorities for your team.