10 Aug 8 project management tips for setting and managing expectations
One of the most difficult aspects of project management is setting and then managing expectations of both clients and stakeholders. While creating a timeline and defining the scope of a project upfront is helpful, if the expectations are unrealistic, the schedule and budget can easily blow up.
What can project managers do to help ensure that all parties are on the same page and that projects hew closely to deadlines and budgets? Following are eight suggestions.
Put together the right team
Having confidence in the project team can go a long way when it comes to managing client and stakeholder expectations. That’s why Mike Sims, owner of ThinkLions, which provides business planning services, advises being “extremely picky when choosing individuals to be on the project team,” going so far as to “break the project down into smaller pieces and truly identify which individual has the necessary skill [or skills] for each particular task.”