As a Project Manager, your duties are not solely limited to controlling the time, scope and cost of a project. There’s a lot more that goes into the completion of a successful engagement than what’s primarily documented as best practice. All who work in Project Management develop their own guidebook, a personal code that shapes how project teams work together and function day in and day out. Here are a few pointers that I lean on every day to smooth the path to healthy engagements.
Don’t Lose Your Cool
It doesn’t matter how big or small the performing project team is. What matters is that everyone across the board has a positive drive, including PM’s. As a Project Manager, teams rely on you to keep the balance. Promote a positive working relationship.
Leave Time for Yourself
Keep in mind, we are all human. Driving yourself into the ground and working tirelessly at every opportunity will only result in fatigue and poor performance down the road. Balance your time and plan.
Keep a Daily Checklist
Take 10-15 minutes at the start of your day to create a short checklist of all items to be addressed. Check off that list as each item is completed. This adds structure to the workday, taking what’s jumbled in the brain and putting it in black ink on a white sheet of paper. There’s also a sense of fulfillment in marking each item complete, at least to me.
Everyone involved in the project needs to have time to voice their concerns, their successes and so forth. If customer-facing, take the time to listen and understand their position. Work as a collective to come up with a plan for success.
If there is an opportunity to get ahead of potential issues within a project, do so as soon as possible. Keep all parties informed. This will increase involvement for all parties and possibly extra work. The results will compensate for the effort expended.
Making Meetings Count
Meetings are set for a purpose. Take the time to ensure all who participate understand the direction of the discussion and the outcome at closing. Often, a quick recap of the action items assigned to certain teams towards the end helps prove the worth of coming together in the first place.
It’s a shortlist, but helpful. I practice and refine these pointers day-to-day, and I believe they can be applied to much more than Project Management.
About the Author
Gianmario Marras is a Project Manager at Flycast Partners.