9 Project Management Tips That Will Help You Crush Your Goals

Posted by Christine Ziebell on 10/14/2015 5:16:00 PM


9 Project Management Tips That Will Help You Crush Your Goals

These days project managers can be found in every industry. While not always called by the same name, a project manager is the glue that keeps all the pieces together. Because the role is so varied – indeed, because the role requires that the person be in charge of everything and nothing at the same time – it is often overlooked. Many companies have learned that project mangers are integral in a project’s success, and they’ve learned it the hard way. 

To be clear: If there is one person, who can be singled out as having the greatest impact on client satisfaction, it’s the project manager. Even if there are hick-ups in the project (and let’s face it, there almost always are), the client can still be happy at the end of the day if the process is driven by a good project manager. Inversely, poor project management will yield an unhappy client virtually without exception.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with some GREAT project managers. Unfortunately, I have also been teamed up with some pretty crummy ones, too.

So, from a client perspective, here are nine project management tips to all the project managers out there…

1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

The most important job of a project manager is to communicate with the client – there is no such thing as over-communication. Whether it be good or bad news, you should always keep your client up to speed. Clients are often willing to accept that not everything in their project is running 100% as planned. But if you string your client along and drop a bomb on them last minute, you will most certainly make a bad situation worse.

2. Understand the Objectives

As a project manager, it is vitally important that you understand what your client is trying to achieve. Once you get that part, you will also understand what impact delays and other problems will have on the client, and how to best mitigate them.

3. Learn the Details

Understanding the details of a project (what you are trying to accomplish, what tools are needed to do it, etc.) is important because the more you know about what you are doing, the easier it will be to identify resources and prepare milestones. People will also look to you to remember the details and keep everything in check.

4. Put Your People Skills to Good Use

A shy project manager is doomed to have lagging delivery dates.  A project manager must be comfortable in taking leadership of a project and motivating everyone involved to do their best. Your team is also a lot more likely to go that extra mile for you if they like you – that’s just basic human nature.

5. Keep Yourself Organized and Up-to-Date

Keep your milestones in tact, your checklist true, and your personal to do list up-to-date. Making sure you are organized is a surefire way to keep an eye on all of the moving parts. If you keep yourself constantly informed, you will anticipate any issues and be able to address them before they become problems.

6. Pad Your Dates 

Account for potential mishaps and whenever possible, build a buffer into your schedule. Also remember that the project plan will be viewed as an entire unit when completed – slipping here but gaining ground there won’t matter in the final analysis. This also means you need to make sure that you have the resources and ability to make up the time if the schedule has started to slip. Be flexible and roll with the punches.

7. Learn From Your Mistakes

If your client expresses dissatisfaction on how something was handled, make sure it doesn’t happen again. We all make mistakes, but the ones that learn from them are the ones who are true professionals.

8. Be Confident 

Believe that you can see the project through to completion because you have the experience (both practical and theoretical), the ability, and the tools for success. You are only as credible as you feel.

9. Use the Right Tools

Don’t rely on tools that burden the process. Go with something that makes life easier, like Intraboom. It gives you a great platform to keep everyone informed, track tasks, collaborate and engage (communicate, communicate, communicate!). And have some fun while doing it, too.

Project management is an amazing career choice.  Set yourself up for success using the right tools and dive in. And for the right tools, visit intraboom.com.

Category: Project Management


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