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How To Leverage the Power of Project Management to Drive Sales revenue?

Shakila Kamatali, Learning Facilitator at Africa Leadership University and expert behind skills21 training session.
Shakila Kamatali, Learning Facilitator at Africa Leadership University and expert behind skills21 training session.

#1: Setting SMART goals

SMART goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound. Once you’ve achieved this, pass them to stakeholders. Involve other teams that can support you within the project.

#2: Creating a project plan

The first thing to do is listing all the things you know you’ll need to do to achieve your goals. Next, find a template or tool to fill the specific actions to be conducted and the assigned team member. Categorize the different actions and their priority in the project implementation.

#3: Sticking to a schedule

At this stage, you’re ready for an official project kick-off with your team or with your client. You want to make sure that everyone is brought into the steps, that you’ve listed everything you need to do, and that your final deadline seems realistic. You might want to add some critical milestones to ensure that as you go along, you’re hitting some critical deadlines and key responsibilities that need to be taken care of.

#4: Communication flow

This is important whether you’re working with your team or with your client. It’s not enough to just know that tasks are done. If something is at risk that needs to be communicated, and if you’re progressing, that also needs to be communicated. If you’re noticing that a lot of tasks are getting off track or people are blocked, that can help you make better decisions to shift your plan.

#5: Retrospective

Now, it is important to reflect on your project and see what went right, what went wrong, what could be improved, and what you would like to try for next time. You can ask these questions:

  • Was our goal clear?
  • Did we hit our goal? If not, why?
  • Do we have realistic deadlines?
  • Did people have clear instructions?
  • Do they have enough time to work on the task?
  • Are we assigning tasks to the right people?

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