The job of a project manager is a difficult one, riddled with snares that cause failure. So how can a project manager anticipate obstacles that may be problematic? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander elaborates on the less evident mistakes project managers tend to make. There are six acts that a project manager should avoid engaging in:
- Failing to plan
- Being exclusive
- Thinking you know everything
- Neglecting client needs
- Exuding a personal bias
- Maintaining poor communication
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail, and there is no place this is clearer than in the role of project manager. Planning is not always “fun,” but it absolutely needs to be done. This may initially make operations run slower, but planning will inevitably save time in the long run.
Project managers need to work with others in order to successfully complete goals. The project team is what will ultimately dictate success, and if the project manager is exclusive in who he or she chooses to act with, they will run into a great deal of trouble.
No one knows everything, and a project manager who thinks this highly of him or herself is setting up to fail. Each new project has facets that may be new to the project manager. Project managers bring in their experience from previous work to better understand how to handle these new circumstances, but they need to be willing and eager to incorporate new information.
Project managers must be great listeners and understand how to respond to and deliver clients’ needs. This is imperative to business integrity.
They also need to be able to differentiate between their own personal bias and a prior business experience. Is the situation really problematic, or does the project manager have a negative view because of their personal reasons?
Lastly, communication is the cornerstone to success. The project team needs to continuously communicate about the project in order to work out all the details and keep the project moving forward, and the project manager is the facilitator of these conversations.
You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-ways-to-destroy-your-project-management-career/