I was clearing out an old folder before starting a new job this week and found an old list that I used to have in the front of all my journals to remind myself the key issues when managing a project.

In researching this post, I see that this list is as old as time and is variously called the 5 W’s, the 6 W’s or even the 7 W’s (although there is usually an H in there!).

Here’s my list by which I would manage any project:

  • Why are we doing this project?
  • What is the problem to be solved?
  • What is the business case?
  • How will the problem be solved?
  • Who is going to do it? (project board / team)
  • What are they going to do (task list)
  • When will it be done (project plan)
  • How much is it going to cost?
  • Where is funding coming from?

Most of us know this poem, I didn’t realise it was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1902:

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Answer all those questions and it’s all plain sailing from there!

Featured Image

The featured image today is Forton Lake, Gosport, Hampshire at sunset recently.

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