The title ‘Project Manager’ is one of those ubiquitous terms that really doesn’t do the role justice. It makes what you do sound so, well, straightforward. But as any project manager will no, nothing is ever straightforward when trying to pull all the different corners of an identifiable shape together. You are tasked with keeping something on track that refuses to fit on tracks, and that can be more stressful than reading the news on a Monday morning.
It is a balancing act where the three major areas need to be met: deadlines, quality and budget. So, to help you be a success and stay organized from the very first day, we have pulled together some tips so priceless they’d outsell a Ming vase at auction.
- Set Your Standards
Right from the outset the first thing you should do is tell your team what your standards are and what you expect to see from them on this project. That means everything from setting the bar in terms of quality to allocating each task to specific people, explaining how you want them to communicate to what the common goal is. Do this and you’ll have everyone signing the same Katy Perry song in no time.
- Scope It Out
You can’t manage a project successfully without setting the scope early on. Like really early on. That means knowing what the expected deliverables are, what the budget is, how long you have to complete the project, what resources you have at your fingertips and who will be involved. All of these are crucial.
- Call In The Software
In today’s highly charged and fast-paced world, software tools are a project manager’s best friend forever. It doesn’t matter what sector you work in or what the project is, online software solutions are invaluable. If it’s data-warehousing, then you need to try the Redshift SQL tool. if it’s If you want easy to navigate workflows, then get onto Casual. If you are new to your role and are going to rely on templates, ones you can tweak, then have a go on Asana. Whatever it is, you’ll find it becomes your central hub; that place where documents are kept, information is stored and collaboration blossoms.
- Rely On A Road Map
The more you can detail your project plan the more you will be able to stay on course. You’ll be able to see where you are with things like scope, cost and schedule, and that will make things more autonomous. The trick is getting into the habit of reviewing your progress as regularly as possible. To do this effectively, don’t forget to get feedback from everyone in your team, which can be easily done with morning meetings where everyone gets on that same page.
- Set That Timer
A big project is overwhelming for everyone, and that little onslaught of panic can be a real issue when it comes to progress. Our advice: break a large project up into smaller tasks and then set time limits for those to be achieved. To get the most out of this method, make sure you are choosing team players with the right skill sets to nail each task.