Effective project management is an essential part of any business. Knowing the hows, where’s and when’s of a project can never be undervalued. As the age old mantra goes: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. You wouldn’t try to wire a plug, change a light bulb or drive a car without first ensuring you knew what you were doing and such should be the approach to beginning a project. The need to successfully manage a project dates back to the earliest civilizations, and although you may not be constructing amphitheatres or temples, you’ll still want your project to run smoothly and effectively. Listed below are 5 top tips to successful project management for you to use individually or in cooperation with project management experts.
Identify a System
There are a wide variety of approaches to project management available to businesses. Each different approach to project management offers something a little different, and choosing from the wide selection available can be a little daunting. Conducting your own research or speaking with a project management specialist should shed some light on the best course of action to take.
Project management is fundamentally the formulation and application of plans. Plan your whole project from the start so that you can identify all areas that need to be addressed, actioned and completed. Break up the plan into manageable chunks that can be easily followed and supervised as the project progresses.
Get the Right Skills for the Job
A successful project is not the result of the work of one person but of a team of people. Remember this when setting out your project. Ensure that for every stage of your project you have the people and resources available to deliver what is needed. Create a dynamic mix of team members to cover all eventualities.
Communicate and Share
Communication is key in project management. Knowing what team members and other teams are doing at all stages of the project is vital to ensure things run smoothly. Have communication networks set up so that teams can easily communicate relevant information between one another. Meetings are unavoidable but try to make them as concise as possible.
Finishing and Feedback
Once a project has been completed this isn’t the end of the process. Gathering feedback from customers and team members is an essential part of the project management process. This will allow you to reflect on where the project succeeded and failed, keeping both in mind for the future.