Great generals, like great sports coaches, don’t just rush the field and hope for the best. Their strategies are precisely planned. Whether the conquest is for territory or trophies, clear objectives, and a good map, raise the prospect for victory. Likewise, focused planning and reliable communication are a powerful combination in any arena, pointing new projects toward success.
Taking the time to create four introductory documents can raise your field advantage: Project Charter, Stakeholder Register, Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and the Stakeholder Management Strategy. These documents are produced by project managers during the initiation phase of a project, before other detailed planning. They form the foundation of the project’s progress, allowing you to work out exactly what you are going to do and set some guidelines for the rest of the project.