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1) CONSTRUCT A PROJECT PLAN FOR YOUR RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONPROJECTThe project planning process can be tricky, especially as projects become more complex.According to Forbes, 25% of technology projects fail outright, which is a dismal statistic forproject leaders. The good news is you don’t need to be a project management expert — orsacrifice your weekend — to plan a successful project kickoff in a short amount of time. You justneed to understand the 8 simple steps of how to write a project plan.Step 1: Explain the project to key stakeholders, define goals, and get initial buy-inThe first step in any project is to define the “what” and “why”. Key stakeholders have theinfluence and authority to determine whether a project is successful, and their objectives must besatisfied. Even if the project comes from the CEO himself, you still need their buy-in.Step 2: List out goals, align OKRs, and outline the projectAccording to executive leaders, a lack of clear goals accounts for 37% of project failure. Withoutclear goals, you’ll find that the requirements, tasks, and deadlines you set for your project workplan have nothing anchoring them. But now that you have a list of key stakeholder needs andtheir buy-in, begin to assign them to goals and OKRs. OKRs are a planning and goal settingtechnique made famous by Intel and Google. Your project should align with your team andcompany’s OKRs.Step 3: Create a project scope documentNow that you have the project outlined, your tasks aligned with goals, and buy-in from the team,it’s time to create a project scope document detailing the project elements you’ve listed in step 2.Look at each deliverable and define the series of tasks that must be completed to accomplisheach one. For each task, determine the amount of time it’ll take, the resources necessary, andwho will be responsible for execution. Finalize and record the project details so that everyonehas a single source of truth. Make the document easily shareable, like in your projectmanagement tool, in order to reduce the chance of costly miscommunication.Step 4. Craft a detailed project scheduleWith your goals, tasks, and milestones already outlined for you, it’s time to start plugging yourproject into a schedule. A Gantt chart is a handy tool that helps you easily visualize your projecttimeline. It’s an interactive timeline that gives you a complete view of the project’s progress,work scope, and dependencies.Step 5: Define the roles, responsibilities, and resources
Resources are the people, equipment, or money needed to complete a project. Once you’veselected your tools and gotten a budget, don’t forget about your people. Even folks who alreadyknow how to write a project work plan and have done so a hundred times can underestimate theirlabor needs.

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