01. Assign a project owner and empower them to drive the project
This doesn’t necessarily have to be the most senior person on the team.
02. Make accountabilities within the project team clear
Everyone works better when they know their role and responsibilities.
03. Respect the stage gates
Be prepared to kill a project at any time the question is asked.
04. Track the right things during execution
Be careful not to focus solely on time and budget. Look at whether you are delivering on the scope and understand your earned value (progress measured against time and cost).
05. Be project literate
Understand the four key levers to project management - time, cost, scope and quality. You can’t get time or budget back without a compromise on one or more of the other levers.
06. Never lose sight of the ultimate purpose of the project
At the very core of your project is the overarching objective to deliver value to the organisation.
7. Prioritise value delivery
Project management is about more than delivering a project, it is about delivering value.