At any given moment, employees are juggling multiple tasks and projects at once. Knowing how to manage these various expectations and deadlines is where effective project management comes in. Project management involves using methods and processes, as well as your own understanding and insight, to accomplish tasks according to predetermined criteria and deadlines. It involves managing communication between team members, keeping people on task, and ensuring they understand their jobs well.
When a project comes to completion, it’s a time for celebration, especially for project managers. While recognizing hard work and celebrating is an important piece of project management, don’t forget to track and reflect on the outcomes before you cut the cake. Taking the time to understand what goals were attained and which ones weren’t help to determine the true value of everyone’s effort. Communicating the value of the time and money invested in a project is critical to project management.
Many employers use project managers to keep teams on target, get work done on time and under budget and deliver high quality work. Some people learn project management skills while on the job by observing other project managers and through their own successes and failures. You can also gain project management skills through formal education.
Keeping your project running smoothly can take a lot of leadership, and it means a lot more than just ensuring you have the right team members on tap. It means knowing best practices and more importantly, having access to the right tools to help your team get the job done quickly, efficiently, and under budget. We recently created a project management guide that packages some of these together into a kit for you and your team to use.
In today’s post, we’ve included a few best practices that every good project manager should keep in mind. It’s just a taste of what our Project Management Charter Project Kit will go into more thoroughly:
Businesses large and small can see major benefits from using a project manager. Even your team — or you as a business professional — can experience the benefits of being trained in project management. That's because the concepts that underlie project management are essentially a playbook for success. Today's article will discuss the benefits of having someone on your team who is trained in project management.
No matter how great your business is, there's always room to grow and better the quality of your projects. In today's post, we'll discuss some top tips for improving your projects by helping you improve the way you manage your team. Developing your leadership across each point will help your team grow and establish or improve the processes that not only help them function, but succeed.
Being a project manager isn't easy. You have to keep your team motivated, and working, while ensuring they stay on schedule and on budget. It's easy to feel like you're not succeeding, or like you're the bad guy for wrangling everyone in.
In this post we're going to talk about the four things that will help you take your project management skills to the next level through concepts that sound basic, but can actually change everything.
Many times in life, in business, or at work, you may find yourself overwhelmed with a long to-do list and not enough time. All of these action items may appear to be high-priority tasks and the weight of it all can be crushing. If you’re like most of us, then you want to become more efficient at work, and you want life to feel easier.
In this article, we’ll look at how you can increase productivity by making new, informed choices related to your to-do list. Instead of diving straight into your tasks haphazardly, you can prioritize your to-do list by finding the “lead domino.”
It can be very easy to get “busy” at work. Every day, we’re inundated with emails, phone calls, messages, meetings—it’s very easy for the day to get away from us. However, being busy doesn’t always equate to being efficient or effective at our jobs. Indeed, sometimes the things that keep us “busiest” are the very things that prevent us from reaching our potential as productive employees. And it’s burning us out.
How many times have you worked on an important group project for work and found it difficult to complete due to poor communication, tasks that fell through the cracks, or inexperienced personnel? Or maybe things weren’t that bad but you know your time could have been used more effectively in getting the project to completion?
Strong project management skills are essential to get projects (big and small) completed not only on time, but at the highest level of quality. Having the right skills, systems, and processes in place can help you effectively and efficiently manage a project