Own the outcome.
- Do you have a clear definition of what change must occur and why?
- Are you leading the change and committing resources towards the change?
- Are you demonstrating public support for the change?
- Are you willing to be held accountable for the project outcome?
- Do you believe the project’s goals and objectives can be met?
- Are you making timely decisions?
Be the champion.
- Are you ensuring the business needs are valid, correctly prioritized, and documented?
- Are you removing roadblocks to the change?
- Are you resolving issues and conflicts that are beyond the control of your project manager?
- Are you communicating the benefits of the change to, and obtaining the buy-in from senior leadership?
- Are you ensuring the appropriate resources (money and people) are committed to the project?
Focus on benefits.
- Are people willing to use the project’s end deliverable?
- Does the project’s end deliverable provide benefit to those using it?
Ask tough questions.
- When should we NOT do this project?
- When should you intervene in the interpersonal interactions?
- When should you consider ending a project before delivery?
- What things are we NOT doing that could contribute to success?
- Are the constraints (time, cost, scope) realistic?
- Are the appropriate controls in place to ensure quality in the outcome?
- Is the team executing in a way that aligns with organizational standards, goals, and strategies?
- Is the project manager leading the project appropriately