To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can make you a successful project manager I am going to highlight on of the items here today:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

Your team is the success of your project, actually your team is the backbone of your project. Without a team you will not have a successful project. We can’t always choose our team, sometimes we come into a situation where the team is already in place, but you can choose how to manage, develop and get stuff out of them. Really look at how vital your team is to the success of your project and you as a PM. The time you spend with them and the energy you provide them (engaging with them and motivating them) can give you a high level of performance which will produce a quality product.

Some people ask me how you motivate and engage with your team to produce high quality products? Make sure you understand the vision that you are trying to achieve and be able to communicate that clearly to your team. Also make sure you provide the team the expectations you want from them and what the client is looking for. By making sure you are clear and show the ig picture you will only have success. During the project process ask the team how they feel about the project, treat them like people not cogs in a machine. Show them testimonials from the client show them that their contribution matters to the project. Also be a team player – listen to the needs of the team, challenge them, build a sense of trust and stick with them through thick and thin – don’t just abandon your team to do the project be a part of the process.

To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can make you a successful project manager I am going to highlight on of the items here today:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

In a perfect world every client would be easy and understanding. If everyone had the same mind set and everyone was like a robot – than project management wouldn’t be as exciting. It is good to have a set plan and a set process in place – you can plan for foreseeable uncertainties with your experience, but what happens with the unforeseen uncertainties that come in. Having an adaptive team that learns continuously throughout the project, and takes that knowledge and utilizes it to make adjustments accordingly is a strong team and can help navigate them through the project successfully.

To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can make you a successful project manager I am going to highlight on of the items here today:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

Organize and Multi-tasking

In order to be successful you need to be able to track all components of all your projects, all milestones and be able to do this on multiple projects. To be able to do this you need to make sure you are organized, thorough, meticulous and can multi-task.

As a PM you need to keep track of your team’s workload, progress on a specific task, project documentation, work flow, completion dates, changes to project scope, support issues, and so much more. There is one thing to be able to multi-task, but the real rule here is making sure you can keep things on track and organized. If you lose organization you will become overwhelmed by the project creep and drown yourself with issues and documentations to a point that you can not get out of.

To help with this, make checklists to help remember where you are in a project process, understand the project process – either one that is set in place already or if you implemented one – if the process is not clear and not knowing what the next steps are or follow up on items how can you be successful or even finish a project in an orderly fashion.

 

To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can make you a successful project manager I am going to highlight on of the items here today:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

Communicate Effectively

Communication is the most component to project management and a skill for any successful project manager that needs to master. Communication is not just between the client and your team, its all about transferring knowledge, ideas, solving problems and providing new and/or updated information to the client or team. 

As a PM communicating effectively comes in many forms – writing emails, producing project documentation, specifications, reports, agendas, tasks updates and more. Not only is writing important being able to verbalize your thoughts and get important points across clearly. You need to make sure that your ideas and thoughts are understood, and not just agreed upon with open questions. 

If you can’t get he right information to the right person at the right time, you probably are not as successful as you want to be or could be. Work on your communication skills – you are dealing with people everyday and all the time during the project process.

As a senior project manager for a web design company, I get asked one question from my team or from other project managers a lot, “what does it take to be a successful project manager?” People think I am holding back some secret that I will never tell about being successful in the field of project management. People believe my experience counts in the field; others will favor training and certifications. Well nothing but the perfect balance of real-world experience and training.

But – what does it take to make it in the world of project management? Why does it come second nature to some and other struggle and flop around like a fish out of water? Well there is a whole list of skills, education, methodologies and more to consider. Well being a successful project manager, in my opinion, comes down to a few key things and making sure you do them really, really well:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

Are these items all it takes to be a successful project manager? Of course not. Be on the look out for more detail on the items above.