How is Your Project Going?
Is your project running on-schedule or falling behind? Are you new to project management? Overwhelmed by the tasklist in front of you?
Being a project manager is one of the most challenging roles in today's economy. It can feel like spinning plates when you are trying to balance every aspect of a project while keeping everything moving along. Every project manager seeks ways to deliver savings, run projects smoothly, and complete projects on-time.
We've compiled our top 7 tips below to help you run projects with lower stress and greater success. You can also download our tips in pdf to keep by using the Download Guide buttons.
7 Valuable Tips for Any Project Manager
Whether you're new to project management or a seasoned project manager, you will always seek faster, less stressful, better ways to complete your projects.
There is no "one size fits all" solution for amazing project management, but there are some core truths which carry across all businesses and industry sectors.
1. Select a project management approach that suits your working environmentThere are many project management methodologies available, such as Agile, PRINCE2®, Scrum (a form of Agile). Each method has pros and cons, and each is suited to a different kind of environment.
Do a little research into the project management framework that will give you the best results.
2. Play to your team's strengthsEach member of your team has their areas of strength and weakness. To get optimal results from your projects, think about who will work best in each role, who will complete which tasks efficiently, and assign accordingly.
3. Prepare for the unexpectedThis falls under the heading of "risk management". It's impossible to know what unexpected elements will crop up, but it is inevitable that they will appear at some point.
While you can't plan for specific occurrences, you can allow time and cost within your project scope to give you breathing space when problems arise.
4. Take time to closeIn a busy working environment, it can be tempting to skip the step of closing the project. Try to allow as much time as you can squeeze in for this important aspect of project management.
Time spent closing is valuable learning time. You can evaluate what worked and what didn't, and take these useful nuggets of information into your next project.
5. Keep things lightKeeping a sense of humour and a pleasant atmosphere within your team leads to lower stress, better communication, and higher morale. These elements add up to higher productivity and improved problem solving.
6. Try out project management appsThere are many excellent project management apps on the market today and most offer a free use platform, so that you can use the app without needing to spend a cent.
Our favourite apps include Trello, Asana, Evernote, and Omniplan.
7. Reap the benefits of trainingTaking a short time out to train in your chosen project management method will give you a higher level of knowledge and support when implementing the framework.
In addition, you'll add weight and credibility to your skills with a recognised project management certification. Learn More