Being a project manager for the first time can be an exciting experience. Equally so, it can be overwhelming. There are so many things going on and so many people involved to be considerate of. It is no surprise that first time project managers make so many mistakes. In an article for Project Smart, Stacey Marone goes over the five biggest mistakes new project managers make, and then what to do about them:
- Too broad a scope
- Too much, too soon
- Too much “me,” not enough “we”
- Too little direction
- Too little risk management
Undo Your Undoing
Most new project managers are excited to dive in and prove how successful they can be. They tend to bite off more than they can chew and wind up failing miserably. To avoid this, take your big project and divide it into smaller components. Start with smaller, attainable goals and tackle them.
Next, along with taking on more than you can handle is having all of it due on an unrealistic, quickly approaching deadline. To avoid this, consider all obstacles and take them into account to develop a realistic timeline. Third, keep in mind that your actions on the project affect people outside yourself. Team members and stakeholders alike need to be considered. You need to have clear expectations of who your stakeholders are and what they want out of the project.
Having no direction leads to ultimate failure. Create benchmarks with your timeline. This will help you to achieve your goals. There are risks with every project, and there is no guarantee of smooth sailing. New project managers fail to conduct in-depth discussion of potential problems and roadblocks. Failing to have any type of plan B or backup for when things go wrong will cost you time and money you do not have to waste.
You can access the original article here: https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/the-5-biggest-mistakes-new-project-managers-make.php