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    What general project management skills  are the most important ones  in Define Stage.



    The most important project management skill in the Define phase is to be able to come up with a catchy name for your project or team or an acronym that forms a cool word. The best ones out there combine both of those skills! You want a cool name for your project like “The TIGR Project” or “Project BANG.”
    Kidding of course. To me the most important skills at this point are project definition and scoping, Stakeholder Management/communication and team member roles and responsibilities. If you do a poor job defining your project (including identifying the business case) your project is immediately at risk for failure. Many projects that I see are way over scoped and have to be scaled down to be manageable.
    Stakeholder Management is the next big thing that I see many people give too little attention to. Not properly identifying and engaging all the right stakeholders early is a recipe to have your project derailed later. Not keeping your stakeholders engaged and informed along the way is just as bad, but you asked about Define.
    Finally, you have to have the right core team and they have to have clear unambiguous responsibilities. They have to be in agreement about what the project is about and they all have to be pulling in the same direction.
    I think if you nail down those core elements at the beginning you give yourself a higher certainty of success.

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