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Sometimes when you are in the middle of a project it becomes hard to keep your focus on what you are meant to be doing, I mean really meant to be doing.

You've been through the initial stages of a project and you have converted the requirements of the project into a nice series of milestones and actions. Then you get into the project and often it can turn into a mechanical piece of work, and the focus on what you need to be achieving gets missed.

I write this because I have seen this happen time and time again, re-focussing on the result that is required is essential so that we can choose the next steps effectively.

If you are into the 'plan - do - check - act' method of improvement you will know what I am talking about, plans change.

One of the most effective ways to keep this focus is to update your project plan in a rolling fashion. Choose a horizon that is suitable for your project(s) and a time frame when to update. Some people like weekly, some monthly - it largely depends on your projects and what is best to aid their completion. Reflect on the action to date, update the plan accordingly and then add on the number of weeks according to the timeframe.

This of course is a sub-set of the master project plan, allowing you to manage a shorter section of it in more detail whilst keeping your eye on the overall objective.

Using this type of process is a great way to keep a focus on the result you are trying to achieve, not just the mechanics of pre-arranged actions.


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About the author Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes. Giles is also the author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous i…