April 26, 2011 - While there are volumes devoted to project management strategies, tips and tricks, effective project management often comes down to three main elements—people, time and budget. In a brief three part series, we’ll cover those elements and ways to increase success.
In this second part we look at something we seem to never have enough of: time. The issue of time, or schedule, seems to be a constant focus in software and systems development.
Part Two: Time
While there should be a sense of urgency for completing a project, don't rush, or be forced to rush. Take the time to do things right, the first time. Fight for the time do it, if you need to.
For example, take planning. It is the single most important process for a project's success. Do not short-change your project by glossing over planning elements. Proper planning may actually save your time in the long run. Yes, things change, and plans need to be updated, but give your project a solid start.