Project Management for Small Business VIII
- Business Owner: This project is absolutely critical. When can you have it done?
- (Inexperienced) Project Manager: I'm not sure. I think we can do it in 3 months.
- Business Owner: That's not soon enough. How about 6 weeks?
- Project Manager: We'll get it done in 2 months.
- Business Owner: Approved
When do you think this project will get completed? I can assure you, it won't be two months. For project managers, if you're asked when you can complete a project on the spot like this, you have to respond by saying, "let me schedule it out, and I'll be able to give you a solid date."
- Task Categories – these are the major groups of tasks such as planning, documentation, implementation, testing, piloting and launching.
- Tasks – these are the individual activities that need to be completed for each task category. At a minimum, each task should have the following details included:
- ID – an identifier for referring to each task
- Short description
- Individual assigned to complete the task
- due date (you may also separately include Start Date)
- percent complete (for tracking).
- Milestones - these are the major deliverables for a project. For example, when planning is completed, you have achieved the planning milestone. Milestones are the primary checkpoints on a project. If you are missing milestones, your project is in trouble.