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How to Guide a PM Beginner

When trying something new on the fly, many of us are left to either “sink or swim” without any guidance. Unluckily, the situation is similar to virtually all project managers here in the Philippines. They do not have formal training, unlike those in more advanced countries, and learn PM literally on-the-job. Ruben Anlacan, Jr. of Manila Bulletin writes that, while reading this article will not make you an instant expert, the basic ideas in a project management listed would be very helpful in guiding the beginner:

  • Clarify the project objectives and requirements.
  • Create the project plan supported by using the appropriate planning tools.
  • Prepare for contingencies.
  • Submit timely and well written Project Status Reports.

Anlacan further states that to be able to grasp the essentials of project management, you must know its definition: a project is a temporary undertaking with a defined beginning and an ending, done to meet unique objectives. Its transient nature means projects are not part of operations that are repetitive work to produce products or services.

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About Kristian Dayrit

Kristian Dayrit was the Associate Editor and Content Writer for AITS Philippines. He has edited and wrote various published works, articles, newsletters and such since 2007.

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