Sandy is at the end of her wits! She has less than a month to pull together her new coaching program and everything seems to be going wrong. And to top it all, there’s little financial resources left to finish all the things that need to be done by D-Day! To an expert’s eye, Sandy’s problem all boils down to improper project planning.
The caliber of projects and the expectations of success you merge into your business can mean the difference between being in a panic stage and flying high in the market you serve. It’s very crucial to understand the importance of planning out your projects ahead of time and avoid skirting or skipping important upfront issues from the outset.
It’s also very important to understand the concept of not over analyzing a problem or being paralyzed to a point where further action is not being carried out. A dreadful opponent may be “Feature Creep”. This is where you keep changing your mind on what needs to done or have new ideas that you think are better ones. Does this sound familiar to you?
Beware of feature creep as it will rear its ugly head at every step of every stage you encounter of your project. Things such as this, as well as losing focus on the core objectives will typically result in project failure because a core component or stage of the project is not able to move forward.
This is where an Online Business Manager (or OBM) can help you overcome and address these challenges. An experienced OBM will assist in developing a project plan, a doable timetable and who is doing what. This is utterly critical in order to prevent mishaps, and total project disasters from happening. It is better to work through all the ideas and goals of the project at the start of the plan so as to avoid conflicts later on.
Even if you want to be hands off, just by having an OBM organize all the requirements from everyone who is involved in the project that you are working on will allow you to be in control of the productivity and progress.
If your doing your own projects, then documenting the plan, even with a simple to-do list, will prevent ‘feature creeps’, minimize changes or alter existing ones.
A solid big picture view of all the project needs has to be looked at before moving forward with the actual implementation. This due diligence will take up a bit more time in the beginning but will save lots of time, money, and headaches.
Share if you’ve had a ‘feature creep’ during one of your projects and how it changed the way you do things. Love to hear them!