Behind every successful project is a rock-solid, detailed project plan. This template defines every aspect of your project. The final product can be used to make what you are doing clear to all project stakeholders.
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Use this template to help manage your virtual team's performance by providing stage-specific guidance in key management areas. This handy virtual team management matrix will help you through all stages of JPACE (Justify, Plan, Activate, Control, End).
Need to sell your business case to executive management? They will want to see the bottom line, which includes the benefits stated in quantifiable terms of value to the organization. Don't be vague. Quantify those benefits, as this example illustrates!
How much will your project cost? Management will want to know before they commit to it. Use this spreadsheet to estimate your costs, broken down by project phase and classified according to the cost categories that will be most meaningful to the decision makers.
Do the costs and benefits of your project balance out to a worthwhile return on investment (ROI)? Management will use that as important criteria for authorizing your project. Use this spreadsheet to calculate the ROI of your project.
Finding sponsors to back your project is an art. Make a compelling case for the project to gain sponsor support when you are pitching your business case to executive management. Here is an example of a brief, direct project concept designed to lure sponsors into your camp.
Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!
Forewarned is forearmed. Use this handy Excel spreadsheet to alert everyone to the project's potential risks up front and track them through the life of the project.
The project is all over, except for the screaming and the reporting on what worked and what didn't. It's important to find out how team members view it all in retrospect so you can capture those essential best practices and avoid the worst ones for future projects. Poll the delegation with this Project Review Questionnaire.
Improved deliverable! Would you like to have a lot of explaining to do in the end about why your project fell short of its mark? Probably not! Report any issues that may adversely impact project schedule, resourcing, budget, scope or other key project elements, and propose alternative solutions that will minimize the impact. Don't forget to get the requisite formal approvals.