Do you know what three project management principles will make your projects a SUCCESS?
Project Management Principles
Projects are complex. As a result, many people fall into the trap of thinking they need fancy tools or the latest
PM methodology to make their projects successful.
It's possible these tools can help you. But if you don't understand project management fundamentals, these
tools can do more harm than good.
However, if you apply these three principles of project management to your projects, you'll have a
solid foundation in place that will magnify the benefits of any tool or process you use...
- Be Clear
- Maintain a Positive Attitude
- Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
If you apply these basic project management principles when you manage a project, you are sure to be a success!
One of the most important responsibilities of the project manager is to bring clarity to the project.
There are two aspects to this principle...
Focus is all about making sure the scope of the project is understood. This entails understanding what is
included in the project and what isn't included in the project. Having a clear focus is a critical success factor. Start by making sure
you have a well defined project scope statement.
Direction is all about making sure that everyone on the project team is moving towards the same objectives.
Once you have a clear focus, you can identify and prioritize the many tasks that need to be completed. This
will enable you to provide clear direction for the project team to follow.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Effective project managers know how to use the power of positive thinking to get results.
Let's take a look at two areas where a positive attitude at work can have powerful results...
- Relationships with People
- Approach to Project Challenges
Project managers can only be successful through the achievements of the people on their team. As a result, your
relationships with others are critical for your success. If you're always grumpy or complaining, nobody will want to
be around you, much less help you. If you smile and treat others well, you are much more likely to get their full
commitment on your project.
All projects have challenges. How you approach those challenges can determine whether your project sails through them
or if it will sink. A positive, can-do attitude will not only help you solve the challenge, it will
also help you find opportunities in the challenge.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
The importance of communication for project managers can't be
As the project manager, two important communication activities you'll need to perform are...
- Coordinating Project Activities
- Keeping Stakeholders Informed
During the planning phase, you'll identify the tasks that need to be completed on the project as well as any
constraints and dependencies on those tasks. During the execution phase, you'll have to coordinate all of the tasks by
assigning them to the right person at the right time.
Communicating task assignments clearly is very important. Keep in mind, that when done correctly, the person who
you assigned the task should feel comfortable enough to ask you questions and to even question the task itself.
Another major communication responsibility for the project manager is keeping stakeholders informed of the project
status. Whether you have good news or bad news to convey, you should be communicating status frequently. Communicate
often and communicate openly. If you do this, you will gain the trust of your project stakeholders.
Apply these three project management principles while managing your project and you will succeed.
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