What Does Project Success Really Mean?

Adriana Girdler

All the basics on defining project success Your main goal as a project manager is to ensure that you lead successful projects. But what does …

All the basics on defining project success

Your main goal as a project manager is to ensure that you lead successful projects. But what does project success really mean?

It’s important to know what project success really means so that you can hit your goals on your project and ensure your project doesn’t fail. So, let’s talk about how to ensure you’re running a successful project.

In Scope

In order for a project to be successful, it needs to be in scope.

Project scope outlines your project deliverable and objectives in a SMART statement.

It defines the boundaries of your project, meaning, it outlines what is in scope versus what is out of scope. This summarizes exactly what you’re supposed to be delivering so that everyone is on the same page!

But how do you ensure that your project remains in scope so that you can have a successful project?

Ensure that there is no scope creep. Scope creep is when you start to add things to the scope throughout the project but you’re not vetting it through the proper systems to ensure that it aligns with project goals. When scope creep starts to happen, you risk project failure!

On Time

This is the next aspect you need to look at to ensure that you have a successful project.

Being on time with your project means you have to understand what your timeline is about and your scheduling.

Having a solid schedule is extremely important. When you’re starting out a project, you need to have an understanding of all the moving parts are and the timeline associated with them.

More markers of project success

There are a few more aspects of your project that we need to talk about to ensure that you’re running it successfully.

Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll chat about this more in-depth!

If you want even more project manager tips on every aspect of managing a successful project, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement if you want all your future projects to be productive and successful.

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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