Use this standard process to plan and manage tasks related to achieving your goal. Essentially, this is a way to organize your team and all the tasks involved so you finish on time and within budget.
Deborah Ike · May 31, 2017
Have you ever been involved in the effort to select, buy, install, and configure a new system (lighting, sound, church management software, etc.)? If so, you know how much time, money, and work is involved. One way to make that less painful next time is to use a project management process.
What is project management? Project management involves using a standard process to plan and manage all tasks related to achieving a successful outcome. Essentially, this is a way to organize your team and all the tasks involved so you finish on time and within budget.
There are seven steps to making your next project a success:
Step #1: Clarify the Vision
Determine what you want to accomplish with this project. What is within scope and why is now the time to take on this effort? This is also when you need to determine the budget and approximate timeline for the project.
Also, assign a staff member to be the project manager. This is the person responsible for developing the plan, keeping the team on track, and providing general oversight of the project.
Step #2: Develop the Plan
An essential part of the project manager’s role is to develop a project plan. The plan is a collection of all the tasks the team must complete to finish the project.
The project manager should talk with each member of the team to determine this list of tasks and deadlines.
Step #3: Assemble the Team
Decide who needs to be on the team to perform tasks or weigh-in on decisions. This may include staff members and volunteers.