I’m launching a new project that will significantly propel the LGL mission of growing leaders with the confidence and humility to make a deeper impact on the world. It’s a strong team, and I found us organically asking one another questions to frame our mission and set us up for success. There was no checklist, but I thought, “Wow, wouldn’t it be helpful for others in such scenes if there were?”
And so today, I offer 7 questions to ask before you launch any significant project.
7 Questions You Should Ask Before You Launch a New Project
1. Why is this project vital?
Why are we doing this? Why now? Who will benefit and what do they most need? How much will it cost and why is it worth the investment?
2. What does success look like?
How will we measure our success? What are the process measures that will let us know we are on track?
3. Who else must we include?
Who do we need to be successful? Who are key stakeholders who should be brought in early?
4. How will we communicate?
5. How does this project integrate with other work underway?
In my work at Verizon this was always one we had to consider well. It’s worth going slow to go fast in this phase to ensure there’s no redundancy or worse, competing efforts.
6. What can we learn from others who’ve done similar work?
Again, it’s worth taking the time to benefit from other people’s key learnings. Breakthroughs are almost always improvements of work that has come before. Be sure you know what that is.
7. Who will do what by when?
Too many project teams jump right into the action planning. Asking the first six questions first will help to ensure you plan is effective.
So, Karin, what’s the project? Ahh, that leads to the bonus question, “When do you announce your plans?” Stay tuned.