The Internet is a lousy place for keeping secrets, since everybody seems so eager to spill the beans on everything. Take for instance Villanova University, who wants to give us the secrets to project management success. They say that effective project management is contingent upon a leader being able to identify a goal, map out a plan for accomplishing it, and tracking team progress toward goal completion. In order to best achieve those things, there are five secrets:
- Develop a rapport with key stakeholders.
- Provide leadership without micromanaging.
- Do your homework.
- Learn how to identify and use the right tools.
- Enhance your expertise through continuing education.
It feels fitting that a university would tell you to do your homework, but there is valid reasoning behind it:
While a project manager is not expected to have a comprehensive understanding of every specialty within the organization, the more you know, the better you’ll be able to lead. Project management success requires research and a working knowledge of industry best practices. Also, you can’t effectively lead your team members if you don’t have a clear understanding of what they do. Prior to the start of a project, learn everything you can about your team and what each person will be contributing to the project. This will help you gain the confidence of your collaborators and enable you to manage the workflow more effectively.
If you can look past how promiscuous Villanova is with its knowledge, there are practical insights to be gathered. Use these secrets to strengthen your projects, and see if you can keep your lips shut better than the Internet.