In the book, Bare Bone Project Management: What you can’t not do, Bob Lewis explains the seven must-have elements for any project to have a chance of succeeding. Here are my takeaways on the topics discussed in the book.
For a project to have a chance of success, it must have the necessary sponsorship and governance.
More specifically, the project needs to have:
- A defined business outcome that would warrant the investment of time, people, and resources.
- A sponsorship from at least one business executive who
- Personally wants the project done and is willing to take risks on its behalf.
- Has the authority to commit time, people, and resources.
- Has the authority and willingness to decide what does the “project done” indicator looks like.
- All stakeholders have to agree on how to govern the project. The governance defines who has the authority to make decisions about the different parts of the project.