- GOVERNANCE: Who (a specific person) will have sign-off when the project is done? Who can change the scope? The budget? The timeline?
- CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Who will we send the status report to? Regular and predictable status reports based on your Project Schedule documents build the perception from others that you are a ROCK STAR even though they may never read any of it.
- CHANGE MESSAGING: Use the tagline from your Business Objective (Increase Revenue or Avoid Cost) on the Project Charter as a mantra and include it on every document. Keep reminding people why you are doing this project. Here’s an example: “My United Way Day of Caring project will INCREASE REVENUE by building brand recognition in the community.”
These five tips aren’t things you’ll find in the PMBOK, but they are real ways to bend and adapt to the moving pieces of projects today. Even if you are doing Agile work, consider using the Project Charter as a template in your first Scrum session. Remember these two RMA slogans:
Bad News Early is Good News
Insanity is Just a Project Constraint
I’d love to share this approach with your teams. Please reach out to Shawna Moser Shawna.firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a live or visual workshop for your staff. Each learner will complete a Project Charter and Project Schedule for a real project they are working on.