June 15, 2023
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Last updated:
October 5, 2023

10 steps to effectively manage a project from start to finish

June 15, 2023
min read
Last updated:
October 5, 2023

10 steps to effectively manage a project from start to finish

Mastering project management 

Project management offices (PMOs) often face challenges in effectively managing projects and ensuring their success. Let’s face it, managing projects can be tricky and it’s a battlefield to manage stakeholder expectations, collaborate with a team and ensure deliverables are met by deadline – all at the same time! This is where PPM tools come into play and make a world of difference, unlocking the door to successful project management by breaking down the project into manageable phases and tasks.  

Unveiling the hidden costs: The consequences of ineffective project management 

We know the heading reads like a title to a horror story, but it really can feel that way when a project spirals out of control. Ineffective project management practices can inflict significant costs on a business, both tangible and intangible - time slips away as valuable resources are wasted and strategic alignment falters, leading to missed opportunities and lost competitive advantage. But it’s not all doom and gloom, like any great story, good can triumph the bad!  

Knowing how to manage a project from start to finish is vital for success and with the guidance and support of a proficient PMO and the right tools, it is completely manageable.  

PPM tools to unlock efficiency and success 

Introducing PPM tools into an organisation's PMO process brings significant value and benefits. PPM tools: 

  • Act as powerful facilitators, streamlining and enhancing project management activities, resulting in improved efficiency, visibility, and overall project success.  
  • Provide a centralised platform for managing projects, resources, budgets, and timelines, enabling PMOs to gain comprehensive insights into the entire project portfolio.  
  • Automate repetitive tasks and manual effort, such as project tracking, reporting, and resource allocation, freeing up valuable time and resources, allowing PMOs to focus on strategic decision-making and ensuring project alignment with business objectives.  
  • Provide real-time data, analytics, and customisable dashboards, empowering PMOs to make informed decisions, identify potential risks and bottlenecks, and take proactive measures to keep projects on track.   

Ultimately, the introduction of PPM tools revolutionises the project management process, fostering collaboration, efficiency, and success across the organisation. 

10 steps for successful project management  

  1. Define clear objectives: Clearly define project objectives and align them with the overall strategic goals of the organisation. This ensures everyone involved understands the project's purpose and desired outcomes. 
  1. Plan and scope the project: Develop a comprehensive project plan, including the scope, deliverables, timelines, and resource requirements. Collaborate with stakeholders to gather their input and ensure their expectations are managed effectively. 
  1. Establish a project team: Assemble a skilled and motivated project team, assigning roles and responsibilities based on expertise and availability. If you have a PPM tool, you can use it to streamline resource allocation and optimise team collaboration. 
  1. Communicate effectively: Maintain open and transparent communication channels throughout the project lifecycle. PMOs should establish regular progress updates and use PPM tools to share project status, milestones, and potential issues with stakeholders. 
  1. Monitor and control: Implement robust project monitoring and control mechanisms to track progress, identify risks, and take proactive measures to mitigate them. PPM tools provide real-time visibility into project metrics, enabling PMOs to make data-driven decisions. 
  1. Manage risks: Identify and assess project risks early on and develop strategies to minimise their impact. PPM tools offer risk management functionalities, allowing PMOs to track, analyse, and prioritise risks while implementing appropriate mitigation plans. 
  1. Adapt to change: Embrace change as an inherent part of project management. PMOs should remain flexible and responsive to evolving requirements and utilise PPM tools to manage change requests efficiently, ensuring minimal disruption to project timelines and objectives. 
  1. Foster collaboration: Encourage collaboration and foster a culture of teamwork within the project team. PPM tools facilitate seamless collaboration by providing a centralised platform for document sharing, task assignments, and communication. 
  1. Monitor project performance: Continuously monitor project performance against key metrics and milestones. Leverage PPM tools' reporting and analytics capabilities to generate performance dashboards, enabling PMOs to track progress and identify areas for improvement. 
  1. Conduct post-project evaluation: After project completion, conduct a comprehensive evaluation to identify lessons learned and areas for improvement. PMOs can leverage PPM tools to capture feedback, document best practices, and incorporate insights into future projects, enhancing overall project management maturity. 

Streamline project management from start to finish with Fluid 

These ten steps make for a great way to get started with managing your projects, but there’s an even better way to take control. 

Intuitive interface and collaborative capabilities 

With Fluid, initiating and executing projects becomes a seamless process, thanks to the intuitive interface and user-friendly design. Project managers can define clear objectives, establish project timelines, and allocate resources efficiently. Fluid's collaborative capabilities allow teams to work together effectively, ensuring seamless communication, document sharing, and task coordination. 

Customise around your processes 

Fluid’s adaptability enables you to customise unique requirements around each project. Offering customisable workflows and templates, Fluid empowers project managers to tailor their processes and project structures according to the specific needs of their organisation. This flexibility ensures that Fluid can be effectively implemented across diverse industries and project types, enhancing its versatility and value. 

Valuable insight for better business decisions 

Fluid's advanced reporting and analytics enable you to gain valuable insights into project performance, identify bottlenecks, and make data-driven decisions. With comprehensive dashboards and visualisations, stakeholders are able to monitor progress, track milestones, and measure key metrics effectively.  

Check out a recorded demo to take a look at Fluid first-hand to effectively manage your projects from start to finish. 

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