Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Documenting assumptions, part of Project Management Foundations: Small Projects.
It's important to identify the assumptions people have made and make sure…they're correct, because bad assumptions can lead to unpleasant surprises and…unexpected problems.…An assumption is something that someone simply accepts is true without doing…anything to confirm that it really is.…The classic example of a bad assumption is when two people look at each other…and both say I thought you were going to do it.…People make assumptions without even realizing it, so it's important to find out…what their assumptions are and talk about them.…
The key is to ask people about their expectations.…Here are a few questions and statements you can use.…What results do you expect?…What do those results look like? Tell me more?…What do you think is going to happen?…Who do you think will do this?…When do you think this will happen?…What work don't you expect to be included?…Keep asking questions, ask them more than once.…Try asking the same question in different ways to see if you get different answers.…
If you do, dig deeper to see if there is an unspoken assumption hiding in there.…
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- Defining the life cycle and scope of small projects
- Identifying the project customer and other stakeholders
- Determining the right level of management
- Scheduling work
- Managing risk
- Keeping things moving
- Evaluating the project
- Getting sign-off and tying up loose ends<br><br>
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Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started with Small Projects
Defining small projects2m 19s
2. Starting the Project
3. Organizing the Work
4. Getting Things Done
5. Tracking Progress
6. Wrapping Up
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