Project management can be an incredibly intimidating task. And in order to do it well, certain elements need to be part of the mix. For all those project managers out there, Oliver Terry (project manager for Insightus Aust) has some tips for you can do to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.
1. Clear Communication
One of the most important things when it comes to project management is clear communication. If you can’t convey what needs to be done with clarity, you can’t expect your team to do the right thing.
In other words, make a point of it to ensure every team member involved with the project know what you want, and when you want it.
2. Leadership And Initiative
As the project manager, it falls onto you to show leadership skills. This means being able to solve problems others can’t, and mediating situations.
However, the team is not going to follow a leader they don’t respect. You need to listen to your team members, just like you expect them to listen to you. Remember, you are not dealing with children.
You are dealing with grown people with several skills to offer. You just need to motivate them to use those skills.
3. Assign Tasks Accordingly
It will serve you well to get to know your team on an individual basis. This way you can find out what their strengths and weaknesses are. And the moment you can’t decide which team member to assign to a specific position, you don’t know your team members well enough.
Take the time to learn their skills, because it will ensure the project continues on course. But if you give the wrong person responsibilities they can’t handle, you will be the one failing the team.
Successful project management is all about planning. And the chances that you’ll come across a successful project that was created on-the-go, it will be a very rare sight.
In business, proper planning is everything. The same rule applies to project managers. Do your homework, get to know your team, and plan as far ahead as possible.
5. Stay On top Of Things
Yes, it’s nice to be the boss. But it also means you have more stress on your shoulders. If the project fails, the client isn’t going to want to listen to excuses. You can’t tell him one of your people didn’t show up for work when they were supposed to. So, you’ll be taking the blame for everything your team might get wrong.
That’s why you want to stay on top of everything. You don’t necessarily have to participate, but keeping an eye on whether everything is moving in the right direction won’t hurt.
The last tip is to keep your team motivated. Because if your team can stay motivated, project management doesn’t have to be complicated at all. In fact, it won’t come with nearly as much pressure if you implement all the things mentioned above. There will be surprises, of course, but that’s why you prepared before taking on the project.
Author Oliver Terry