Project Management

5 Mistakes Every Project Manager Should Avoid

Making mistakes is a part of life—we are humans, we have weaknesses, and we make mistakes. However, you don’t want to make mistakes on a regular basis, as people’s forgiveness and patience are limited. Especially if you have a leadership position like a project manager, making mistakes will cost you and other people time, money, and efforts. Writing at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin points out some common mistakes that project managers should avoid:

  1. Forgetting the team
  2. Lack of communication
  3. Being a robot
  4. Prioritizing budget over quality
  5. Failing to understand effort

Others Matter

You can’t build a house by yourself—it takes sweat and tears of many other people. Similarly, you cannot succeed in a project by working on your own and ignoring the contribution of your teammates. Without them, you will have to suck up all the deadlines and hard work by yourself.

With that being said, you should appreciate having others as parts of your team and understand their feelings and wishes. Your members are not programmed machines to only live for your project—they have social groups and other responsibilities to fulfill outside work. Knowing how to communicate in a mindful and empathetic way to your team will comfort and motivate them to work hard for the project. They need a reason for why you deserve their time and efforts, so you’d better give them a convincing one.

Harrin suggests a tip on how you can lead your team to success:

Projects take effort. Involve your team in creating the estimates so that you have a better idea of what is involved. Keep the communication going in both directions so you know what they are able to deliver – and you don’t overpromise to your client. … Just keep in mind that sometimes, whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Don’t get bogged down if a project doesn’t go as expected—use it as a learning experience, and don’t repeat the same mistakes in the next one.

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