But my favorite is Agile. You will hear this so many times in 2017, it will drive you crazy.
B: Buy-In – Have the project team buy-in your project plan – No buy-in; no success in your project.
C: Charter – A project charter is a must-have for any project – You don’t have it; spells trouble from the beginning
D: Deadlines – You have to learn to deal with deadlines and make sure you hold people accountable to these deadlines.
E: Estimates – Engaged Get good estimates from your team to keep your project on budget. Be engaged in your project-your team will follow.
F: Finish – Food – Push to get the project finished. Use small steps to reach finish lines! Use food as a motivator – it works.
G: Go Live -This is the most important date for your project – Make sure you deliver the project so the user sees the result.
H: Happy – A Happy team is a successful team.
I: Ignorance – Ignorance of corporate policies, government regulations is no excuse for project failure – go learn them or ask for assistance.
J: Join – Be a joiner – get the best talent and lead them to show their best.
K: Kickoff – A project kickoff is very essential to get the project started and let’s everyone know what they are responsible for. Don’t go into too much detail at the kickoff meeting.
L: Love – Love your project; Love your team and Love your Project Sponsor. Love your job or get a different project.
M: Meetings – Meetings and More meetings – what can I say – get used to it.
N: Negative – Negative sentiments will set you back. The project team is looking for your leadership to move the project forward. Check your negative attitude or your ego at the door.
O: Over – The Project Manager who will over commit will for sure get into problems when your team does not meet those commitments.
P: Plan – Develop a solid plan but don’t be tied to your plan; be flexible.
Q: Quick – Be quick to react to changes.
R: Resources – There is never enough Resources but be resourceful; make your project work by being resourceful – do more with less.
S: Surprise – Never surprise your project sponsor; tell the bad news and the good news always.
T: Team – You are the team captain – Be flexible and work with your team.
U: Understand – Understand the business drivers behind your great project. Find out from the Project Sponsor the “why are we doing this”?
V: Victory – Celebrate small victories and give credit to your team for making it happen.
W: Work Breakdown Structure – A WBS as it is famously known decomposes your tasks into smaller details so you can manage and track them.
X – Xerox : Don’t spend too much time at the Xerox copier. No need to make multiple copies of presentation – go paperless and save the environment.
Y: Yes – Try not to be a Yes PM. Don’t fall into trying to please everybody – you will not succeed.
Z: Zebra – Every project is unique just like zebra stripes. Projects come in many shades and the road to the finished line is never straight.
JY – published – September 11, 2016 in remembrance of the Project Managers killed on 9/11