If you are undertaking a new project management task, then there’s no denying how many different obstacles that can crop up during your efforts. In this guide, we’re going to highlight a few important tips to keep in mind whenever you are going to be managing a project, so with this in mind, let’s get straight to it.
Tip 1 always define key milestones
Perhaps one of the most important step to take whenever you are beginning a new project is to make sure you and your team have clear milestones set, so you will know how to stay on track, as well as how to keep track of your progress as you make efforts towards these milestones.
There’s no denying that having key milestones along the way can also help to motivate your team, especially when the end goal is rather far away.
Tip 2 communication is everything
Another thing you will need to pay careful attention to when you are in a project management role is ensuring the lines of communication are always kept open between you and your team. One of the biggest mistakes a project manager can make is to lose rapport with the team, and this puts you in a difficult position of having to make decisions without the full picture, or perhaps you will lack accurate status reports to show people who are higher up the food chain.
But regardless of the reasons why communication can become shut down, it’s always wise for a skilled project manager to ensure communication with the team is a top priority, although this does not necessarily mean micromanaging the team.
Tip 3 be aware of the risks
It’s rare for any project to come without its own share of risks, and being aware of these risks is a key aspect of being a skilled project manager. Of course, this tip goes hand-in-hand with open communication with your team, because when you have good communication you should be kept in the loop regarding any risks or problems that develop throughout the process of managing the project until it reaches its completion.
Overall, any best practice for project management must include awareness of the risks and how to overcome problems as they arise.
Tip 4 take time to evaluate the project once it is finished
Another excellent way to improve your skills when it comes to successful project management is to take time to carefully analyse and evaluate what occurred during the project throughout each stage.
In general, good evaluation processes will be one of the best methods you will have when it comes to stretching your project management skills, and there will always be losses and victories throughout any project that can inform you for future practices and projects.
At the end of the day, it’s safe to say that project management is an important aspect of many different businesses, and learning how to master these skills will put you in a great place to become an excellent manager or leader. If you keep these tips in mind, you should see some excellent results.
Oliver Terry is the National Program Manager at Insightus, an engineering services firm providing RF/RAN, switch, transmission and fibre based solutions to customers throughout Australia and Oceania