Project Management

You Wanna Be Starting Something?

Mike Donoghue is a member of a multinational information technology corporation where he collaborates on the communications guidelines and customer relationship strategies affecting the interactions with internal and external clients. He has analyzed, defined, designed and overseen processes for various engagements including product usability and customer satisfaction, best practice enterprise standardization, relationship/branding structures, and distribution effectiveness and direction. He has also established corporate library solutions to provide frameworks for sales, marketing, training, and support divisions.

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

How we start a project has an effect on how we finish it. At project conception and initiation, grand ideas meet harsh realities with the hope of finding a plausible middle ground. At this phase of a project--even before it may truly be identified as a true “project” until some type of an agreement is reached--it is the responsibility of a decision-making team to determine if the inspiration for a project will be of benefit to the organization. With that analysis also comes a lot of fact checking and evaluation to verify whether or not the concept can be reasonably achieved--all of which weighs in not just at project inception, but prevails throughout its lifecycle.

Designers and architects should be collaborating too at this early part of the game. Specific details for those more sophisticated and complicated projects will need to be captured at an even earlier stage so as to have the data in support of these players. And because of the necessity for minutiae, the gathering of this information needs to be centralized so as to minimize the possibilities of unfocused concepts and divergent views while also supporting the need for differing opinions, discussion and similar areas of contribution.

From the start though, you …

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