management by deliverables

A key principle of effective project management is:
Manage a project by what is delivered not by someone else's opinion of progress. If you can't see it or touch it, it is not complete. Don't ask "How's it going", ask for the deliverable.

5 Key Rules

  1. Define all tasks in terms of tangible short term deliverables.
  2. Set delivery intervals at 5 to 10 days (3 weeks maximum).
  3. Obtain commitment from the developer on the schedule for deliverable creation.
  4. Monitor the progress of large deliverable creation with intermediate analytical deliverables.
  5. Formally inspect and accept the completed deliverable.