Don’t get me wrong… Most project managers work very hard. This job is the closest thing most of us will ever come to juggling angry kittens. Even small projects have lots of “what ifs” and “yes, buts”. While some large projects can take years, small projects might be finished in a matter of days. No matter the size, here’s the action framework to keep in mind.
Nothing else matters if you’re not proceeding toward one or more of your goals. Job one for all project managers should be to understand ALL the goals of the project, from all stakeholders. Job two is to understand – and clearly communicate – the priority for those goals. There will be conflicts, which you are there to resolve. Understand your goals and priorities BEFORE you start the project and you will have an all-purpose roadmap for resolving issues along the way.