Four Secrets to Project Management Success

By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.

As the year ends there are four things for all to think about in the new year. As others resolve personal and professional resolutions, project managers might desire contemplation on four simple concepts to help make projects operate more completely.

  1. Start early – The best projects begin with a plan that are completely mapped out and focus on outcomes. The old adage of fail to plan and plan to fail is gruesome for project managers. Begin the process to ensure all understand milestones and tasks so that all are accountable.
  2. Set expectations – During my seminars I always inform supervisors and managers that the key reason for unproductive individuals is the lack of both a relationship between manager and employee and a lack of employee’s understanding of job requirements. Morale and job satisfaction suffer when individuals have don’t have direction.
  3. Accountability – Nothing gets done unless someone is held to dates and milestones. 98% of individuals procrastinate and this will ensure project failure. Hold individuals accountable for both goals and standards.
  4. Team Work – The notion of team work comes to one simple issue – collaboration. The nucleus of this is communication. Perform excellent communication and you will have coordination and cooperation, these help individuals collaborate. Failure in one area creates a domino effect. Successful projects have successful communicators.

Finally, project management is similar to conducting an orchestra. There is melody and harmony when all work together. The best collaboration stems from understanding that comes from successful communication and rehearsal. Practice makes Perfect is a great cliché for project managers as the redundancy and commitment leads to success. Begin the year right with proper methods to make the remainder of the year and its project successful.

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Every project you manage will be unique. Scope, budgets, team dynamics, and timeframes will differ. As a project manager, the most important factor in achieving project success will be your understanding of ‘The Principles Of Project Management’. This book will show you that project management isn’t rocket science.

© 2009. Drew Stevens PhD. All Rights Reserved.

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