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What every PM should ask before taking the project

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment


Sometimes while taking a new IT project we may be so excited by a new challenge that we forget to ask some simple questions. And as the practice shows, having those questions unanswered leads to huge problems later

The easiest way is to tackle the problem is to have at least a checklist of basic questions you should ask first. Here are 3 most important ones:

  1. What are the expectations from me as a project manager? (sometimes sponsors/managers ma
    y expect that PM will do sales and presentations, etc.)
  2. What is Scope of Work (scope, milestones, deliverables, cost, stakeholders, etc.) This is quite important to understand all the details of SoW
  3. What kind of reporting and communication would be good for customers. (Very often, people just want to know what happens and having reports they can influence on the project flow and be part of the team)

If you don’t have the answers for those 3 simple questions, please find out the answers by yourself.

If you can not find the answers, you are on the right way……. to fail.