The success of a project manager largely lies in the individual’s ability to communicate. Some project managers have great oratory skills but don’t ask the right questions at the right time.
Here are some key questions for each of the project management process groups (PMBOK). This is not meant to be a comprehensive list; just some questions to get you thinking. Neither will you need to ask all of these questions for every project.
Keep in mind, the project process groups are seldom sequential, one-time events; they are overlapping activities that occur throughout the project.
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Initiating Process Group
Why are we doing this project?
Is your project sponsor fully engaged and on board?
What is the authority level of the project manager?
What do we wish to accomplish?
What are the products and services we wish to deliver?
What are the budget constraints?
What are the schedule constraints?
What assumptions are being made?
Who will be impacted? Which stakeholders have the greatest interest and power?