7 checkpoints to create success for your digital projects

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Keep your head above water with these tips on how to maintain your skills, run digital projects, and enforce success formulas.

Running successful digital projects is no plain sailing, even if you're an experienced project manager or advisor. Every now and then it might be good to sit back and evaluate what you're doing, and read some friendly tips on best practices or the latest trends.

Here are some specific methods, strategies, and tactics you can employ in order to create success for your digital project.

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1. Align with corporate strategy and goals

A football team performs best when every teammate plays on, well, the same team. The same principle goes for any organisation—a deviation from any coworker or department will cause you a relative amount of friction and potential loss, to the degree the deviation amounts to.

Deviations from a common direction and goal must of course be avoided in your project as well. A carefully planned and thought-out alignment with corporate strategy and goals is therefore an important first step in any of your project undertakings.

Ask yourself some basic questions: What am I trying to accomplish with my project? What is my organisation trying to accomplish? And then you can map out common traits and rule out elements that are not, before continuing with realising the project. For instance, if your organisation only sells professional services to a B2B segment, it makes no sense to run a project trying to cut costs with methods tailored for a B2C segment.

Also, it is useful to keep in mind that research by Gartner found that alignment to company strategy and goals is one of the most commonly used metrics to evaluate the success of projects by project management office leaders.

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2. Enable a prime mover

According to Aristotle, the "prime mover" was the primary cause for all the motion in the universe. In a similar vein, every organisation needs a prime mover to inspire other coworkers and to get things done.

Steve Jobs is an example of a prime…
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