5 Tips for Better Project Management

  • Mark Edwards ·
  • December 23, 2018

Winning project management requires some fundamental skills like organization, planning, and analysing. To take a project beyond meeting minimum goals and requirements will also require the following actions and skills.

Manage Time Efficiently

One of the most important resources you have for a project is time. In order to make the most of it, adequate planning, prioritizing, delegating, and revising are necessary. A solid plan with proper prioritizing will reduce time wasted down-the-road. Delegating tasks and relying on strong team members lifts some weight off your shoulders. Regular reviews and revisions to the plan will need to be made once things are underway.

Utilize Enterprise Resource Planning

Small and mid-sized businesses can substantially improve their project management, and the managing all aspects of the company, with an enterprise resource planning system. Today’s cloud-based ERP software integrates all aspects of operations from financials to human resources and allows for real-time access from anywhere.

Use professional consultants to choose and tailor a system that works for your project or business. With IWI Consulting Group business management software and consulting services comes clear costing, training, and technical support, with flexibility to meet timeframes. Receive expert third-party support for objective, responsive, and timely solutions.

Improve Upon People Skills

Superior organizational skills are a given for executing a successful project and having macro- and micro-level views of operations will keep you in-the-know. But for projects to succeed expectations,  good relationships with the team are required.

Active listening skills and communication are key for forming good relationships. The head can’t function effectively if it doesn’t know what the body is saying and doing. Chaos ensues when everyone makes assumptions and delivers garbled messages.

Get to know your team. Open-up communication channels for practical and project-related feedback and discover your employees’ strengths and where they’re best situated to perform.

Respond to and work with your team members as people and not cogs in a machine. Their unique skills and minds make them better at performing than an automaton, so relate to them as the experienced and unique individuals they are to meet their needs and help them succeed.

Tackle and Solve Problems

There will always be surprise elements along the lifespan of any project. Some of these may be pleasant surprises, but when problems arise, it’s good to already be familiar with problem-solving strategies with which to view and tackle them. The excitement of a new project could lead to launching and executing prematurely and you could become consumed with damage control. As part of project planning, do proper risk assessments and envision which problems you may encounter.

When a problem is already on your hands, take the time to properly analyse what went wrong instead of sticking on quick and easy band-aids that are sure to peel off repeatedly. You might not be able to completely rectify all elements of the broader issue but do proper triage to get things back on track. Be open when trouble arises and ask for help when needed. A strong project manager doesn’t try to pretend everything is going perfectly: they fix what’s broken and move on.

Seek the Advice of Experts

Consultants and mentors are valuable resources. Access their help and learn from authorities on subjects you’re struggling with or want to learn more about. Smart project managers ask for help from others when they need it, and this could also be members of the team. Mentors could be managers, coworkers, teachers, peers, online connections, or obtained through a mentorship program.

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