As an independent IT consultant, I help organizations improve their businesses through the use of technology. Most of my client engagements have been very successful. But when things don’t go as well as expected, I like to try to figure out why so that I can avoid those pitfalls the next time.
The easiest things to fix are those that I can control. For example, forgetting to submit regular status updates to the right people or not getting enough information prior to the project to make an informed proposal.
But I’ve also found several things that businesses can do to ensure that everything works smoothly. Regardless of what type of consultant you’re hiring, the following tips should help make your next consulting engagement more productive.