Executing Your First Project
By this point in time, you should have completed all of the items on Checklist #2; that is, you should have a solid project plan. In the Execution Phase of the project you will move from creating project management artifacts and into using them. Here you will leverage the work you did to kick off the project and the stakeholder management plan to facilitate regular team meetings. You will use your project Change Control Board to participate in the program- or organization-level Change Control Board(s). You will utilize the project schedule to track work and gauge progress. Risks will be triggered, and those action plans you and your team developed to deal with potential risks will be activated. Finally, you will use all of the artifacts you’ve created to generate regular status updates and manage escalations. The bulk of the project work does happen in this phase; however, since you’ve taken care of business in the Planning Phase, Execution for the project manager is about using the tools you developed previously. At this point in time, you are probably feeling a little shell-shocked since the Planning Phase involved a lot of work. Don’t worry; the mechanics of the job will be significantly easier going forward.