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Seven Habits for Highly Effective Project Risk Management

The role of project manager has changed as the needs of projects have altered. No longer based on the possession of technical knowledge, project manager are now considered successful by how well they orchestrate others in fulfilling project completion. Citing a recent report, Chris Bell lists seven habits that project managers should embrace to help with the management and success of projects. The first tip is to be proactive: investigate what potential problems or opportunities exist, monitor your risks and have the data on-hand for any situation. This seems like a commonplace suggestion, perhaps, but in truth many project managers are too focused on the now to think about the future. Dedicating some time to elements of projects that aren't pressing can pay huge rewards in the future. Another tip is to keep the end in mind, starting from the beginning of the project. Setting up KPIs and monitoring progress is a great way to keep the work on track, but make sure that the end goal is always at the forefront of the effort. Along with this suggestion comes the habit of prioritizing the critical path. Identify essential elements that require immediate attention, and then give them that attention. The habits aren't limited to just the elements of the project itself: good project managers are also keenly aware of how to collaborate. As the article states:  “Effective PMs know how to connect people to solve a problem or complete a task. Because there are so many off-the-shelf project risk management databases that provide visibility throughout the organization, there is no excuse for everyone not to be on the same page.” The habits include communication, accountability, and continuous improvement as well, rounding out a scope covering both project specific and people specific elements. How many of these habits do you excel at now, and how many could you stand to improve?

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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