Reviewing: the final step

Phew. Now that we covered the hard work of executing, it’s time to focus on the last step in the six steps of project management: Reviewing.

Reviewing is a way of ‘coming up for air’ as you’re busily driving towards your goals. When you review you revisit your goals, your scope, your plan to check progress and confirm that you’re on track (or not, and if so, why?) as well as determine whether or not your goals, scope, plans and estimate still make sense.

Reviewing is important for two reasons. The first one is that life is not static and goals and projects may need to change. The second reason is that sometimes reviewing helps us gage if we’re still on track; and if we’re not prompts us to take measures to remedy the situation.

It’s important to strike a balance between rigidly ‘sticking to plan’ and making course corrections and adjustments as we get new information. You may find that working towards a certain goal does not bring you as much joy or revenue than you originally thought. Perhaps a you find a project is going to take twice as long as your originally thought. That’s okay, the only thing that is constant is change.

We plan, God laughs.

You will usually get an organic sense of when it’s time to go back over to review and rework items from your goals and scope to estimation and your low level plan. The key thing to remember is that it’s best to strike a balance between totally forgetting about everything and reworking it too much and too often.

We’ll look at some rules of thumb for reviewing each item in the next post.

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