Project Management

5 Ways to Keep Your Project and Team on Target

Trust and believe that procrastinating is the easiest thing to do. Who can easily focus and stay on task? We are distracted and chained to our devices that can keep us connected all over the world with shenanigans that are sure time-killers. In the world of business time is money, and in an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives us 5 ways to keep your project and team on target:

  1. Have a clear direction.
  2. Stick to your plan.
  3. Encourage self-awareness.
  4. Communicate your targets constantly.
  5. Be highly collaborative.

The CIO Perspective

Be clear of your mission and goals and stick to those ideals. Everyone needs to be on the same page. Make sure you communicate accordingly and across the board. Once everyone has a clear idea of what the goals are, stick to your plan and stay focused. The most difficult and significant challenges that come up are when senior executives become distracted and fail to focus on the main business objective. Every team member needs to know their role and the importance of fulfilling it.

Understanding their role is essential for senior staff too. It is easy to be distracted by tasks, policies, process, and practices, but in reality it’s individual psychology that determines if people will be successful. They must understand what is happening with the project, what it means, and how challenges affect everyone around and underneath them.

The key to success is communication and you must constantly talk about your targets. It may be redundant, but sometimes the objective is not grasped right away. And finally, don’t be a dictator. Encourage all team members to voice their opinions and concerns:

As the leader, you have to set certain things out and you have to be strong on direction. But you also have to encourage people across the team to communicate those messages as well. You’re only one individual and your success will be dependent on the support of a great team.

You can access the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/project-management-tips-five-ways-to-keep-you-project-and-your-team-on-target/

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