Your project is in critical condition and you can’t seem to identify the problem, despite having a well-defined scope and the right team in place. What’s the next step? Project execution involves more than just creating plans and schedules. One common reason why projects derail is because of inadequate communication.

Communication is critical to ensure that everyone involved in the project is on the same page. To address this issue, consider establishing a well-designed communication rhythm. This should consist of recurring meetings such as daily stand-ups, weekly check-ins, monthly sponsor reviews, and so on. This framework ensures that communication is effective both internally and externally, with stakeholders like sponsors and customers. During these meetings, focus on the facts: where the project stands, where it needs to be, and what is blocking progress.

Transparency about progress and issues will help keep the team and stakeholders aligned, significantly reducing the likelihood of the project going off track. If your communication is already solid, the next step is to examine the project work plan.

Check out the next post as we take a closer look at the work plan and explore how to identify any issues that may be impeding your project’s progress.