Being well-versed in project management processes and using a powerful tool such as Microsoft Project puts you well ahead in the project management game. For an even greater edge toward a successful project, follow these guidelines:
Develop the goals and objectives. Know the overarching goals as well as the specific, measurable objectives of your project. They are your guiding principles.
Learn the scope. Know the scope (including tasks, quality, and deliverables) of your project and exactly what is expected of it. The scope includes how much you’re doing (quantity) and how well you’re doing it (quality).
Know your deadlines. Find out any deadlines—final as well as interim milestone and deliverable deadlines. ...