10 best practices for successful project management

Right mix of planning, monitoring and control can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget and with quality results. Here are some guidelines to help.
Given the high rate of project failures, you might think that companies would be happy to just have their project finish with some degree of success.
But that's not the case. Despite the odds, organizations expect projects to be completed faster, cheaper, and better. The only way that these objectives can be met is through the use of effective project management processes and techniques.
This list outlines the major phases of managing a project and discusses key steps for each one.
1: Plan the work by utilizing a project definition document
There is a tendency for IT infrastructure projects to shortchange the planning process, with an emphasis on jumping right in and beginning the work. This is a mistake.
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