6 Key Characteristics of a Project

Adriana Girdler

Learn About These to Unlock Project Success Ready to take your project from good to exceptional? There are six essential characteristics of a project you …

Learn About These to Unlock Project Success

Ready to take your project from good to exceptional? There are six essential characteristics of a project you should be paying attention to. Integrating them into your planning will ultimately set your project up for success.

Let’s dive into some of those key characteristics!


Big or small, monitoring is a must on every project, and it’s one of your key activities as a project manager. When you are monitoring you’re looking at the overall project plan, surveying all the different activities going on, and ensuring that everyone is following what was agreed to in the project plan.

With monitoring comes an element of control as well – so when things start to change or new things crop up, you’re able to tweak your plan to ensure everyone is on track to reach the project’s larger objectives.

Risk Management

No matter how simple or complex your project, risk is inevitable. If you’re not thinking about risk and not planning for it, your project can end up going sideways.

While you can’t prevent risk from happening, with the right kinds of plans in place – namely, a contingency plan and a risk mitigation plan – you can minimize the impact of risk on your project. Knowing about the characteristic and being proactive about it all through the project lifecycle, will vastly increase your chances of success. 

4 more key characteristics

There are four other project essentials to know about to set your project up for success and I explore them in detail in my latest video. Join me over in YouTube to learn what they are, as well as how you can handle them to ensure exceptional project outcomes.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project. You’ll also get access to every project template you need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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