IT managers who know the score increase the chances that a project will succeed, according to TechRepublic columnist Tom Mochal.

Keeping a project on track can be a challenge. To help, Mochal has written a scorecard you can download. The scorecard can be used to assess the progress of a project at each step along the cycle.

The scorecard represents a collection of performance metrics that directs the progress of a project and tracks the efforts of the project team. As a project moves along, the scorecard can help you track how a project moves from one stage to the next by assessing how well project metrics are achieved.

The download also explains how you can score your own projects. Criteria critical to a project scorecard include:

  • ·        Identifying which specific metrics are pertinent to the project’s success.
  • ·        Assigning additional potential project metrics.
  • ·        Deciding which project targets to set.

Mochal explains that the success or failure to meet each of the project’s criteria can help you decide what is going right with the project and identify project areas that need attention.

“In general, metrics provide a more factual and quantitative basis for how you are doing and what can be done better,” said Mochal.

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Scorecard example
Mochal’s download also includes an example of a functional project scorecard that you can modify for your use in your organization. As a manager, you can also modify Mochal’s example for use by the employees in your shop. Scorecards for each employee can help them track their individual projects and compare them with the project’s overall goal.

For more information to help you create your own scoring process, download the project scorecard template and Mochal’s expert advice now.

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