AES Program/Project Manager, Brad Noviski shares 8 tips for a successful project.
Tip 1: Develop a Project Charter
A project charter or plan will set the stage for a successful project. Remember, a project plan is a living document. Start with the end in mind. If you do not know where you want to end up, how will you know how to get there. The project charter is your road map for the project.
Tip 2: Be Flexible
Project managers must be flexible. Your project charter/plan is dynamic and as the project manager, you must also be dynamic. Once your plan is in place, “Work the plan”. Be ready to adjust as you receive feedback.
Tip 3: Manage Expectations
Understanding the project expectation is a key element of a successful project. This is where you make sure everyone is on the same page. Effective communication is an essential skill set needed to managing expectations effectively.
Tip 4: Manage by Agreement
Do what you say; managing by agreement builds trust. If you say you will do something, do it. No matter how small or trivial the task may seem. If your client knows you can deliver on a simple, small task, it will build trust with them. When it comes to an important deadline or issue arises, they will know you can deliver. Remember, it is ok to re-agree, just make sure you commutate this with the project stake holders.
Tip 5: Take Responsibility
Easy to say but hard to do. As a project manager, you are the tip of the spear and challenged with driving the project. Mistakes will happen but laying blame to others will not help the situation.
Tip 6: Learn to Listen
It is important to learn how to listen. All too often, we do not take the take to learn this skill set. Engage the person you are speaking with and let them speak. Resist the urge to interrupt the conversation.
Tip 7: Be a Problem Solver
Easier said than done at times. To be an effective problem solver, you need to view the issues from all sides, listen and be responsible. If you strive for clarity, the solution generally presents itself to you.
Tip 8: Communicate
This may sound like a no brainer but all too often, with todays technology, there can be a tendency to communicate less. Emails, and text messages are great tools, but nothing works better than speaking with someone in real time. Learning how to effectively communicate with your client and team will lead to a successful outcome every time.