Management Tip of the Day: Transitioning a project with ease

Tue Mar 8, 2011 9:12am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Taking a few minutes to create a checklist may help ease the transfer of project management between employees, says Harvard Business Review.

The Harvard Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Handing off projects is essential in today's fast-paced work world. But, it can be a nerve-wracking task.

Does the new person understand what needs to get done? Will she follow through on what she's promised to do? Whether you are asking a peer or a subordinate to take over for you, use a checklist to be sure you are both on the same page.

Include questions such as, "What do you understand the priorities to be?" and "What do you need from me to be successful?"

The five minutes it takes you to go through this checklist ensures mutual understanding, saves you both time, and reduces the chance of mistakes."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "The Secret to Ensuring Follow-Through" by Peter Bregman.