By: Brian DeVault

The Project Execution phase of project management, like the other steps, is incredibly important. This step has the ability to make or break the performance and execution of every project. We have already discussed the two other tenets, project initiation and project planning. Once the project enters the execution phase, time and resources have already been invested and it is time to ensure the success of the execution. 

What is Project Execution?

According to WorkFront, “The execution phase involves carrying out the details of your project planning in order to deliver your products or services to your clients or internal stakeholders. First comes project planning. Then comes project execution. No matter how well you plan, your project won’t be successful unless you can effectively implement your ideas.”

At this point in the project, we have been through the project initiation and the project planning step. These first two steps allowed the team to dive into deep detail on the project. Now, it is time to execute. Here are three tips NETRIO follows to ensure successful project execution. 

Follow the Process

We have discussed at length how important tenets one and two are. They are equally as important to tenet three – Project Execution. Without the process that was defined in tenets one and two, tenet three cannot be successful. During this step, it is vital to stick to the schedule, but be able to pivot and refine the scope if needed. Look to your scope as guidance on how to efficiently execute. 

Managed People Well

Your project is only as strong as the team you have executed it. In this step, you are not only managing your team’s day-to-day but making sure they feel supported and encouraged. Communication is key here. Your team is going to need to relay information to you that will then be communicated to the client. 

Communication with Stakeholders

This directly correlates with tip two. The communication between the people you are managing will be a direct reflection of the communication with stakeholders in the project. The reporting that is sent will be customized based on the clients’ project, but the importance of clear and cohesive reporting remains the same. 

The project execution phase always comes back to the organization and team management. In order to be successful, it is important to have someone touching the project daily. We have touched on qualities we look for in a project manager, read our blog post on 3 Steps To Highly Project Management In IT. 

This blog post is part of NETRIO’s weekly White Board Wednesday series. Follow along on Linkedin and YouTube each week as Brian and Mike discuss use cases, new technology, and trends. The goal is to provide insights for enterprise customers and channel partners, trying to solve complex problems using technology.