Project Management

4 Tips to Avoid Feeling Stuck in Project Management

It’s easy for project managers to feel stuck  from falling into an orbit of meeting deadlines, pleasing stakeholders, empowering team members, and impacting the company for too long. Getting unstuck might not be as easy. The Project Risk Coach Harry Hall identifies multiple options for solving this mental problem by looking at the root cause and taking things easier:

  1. Overcoming analysis paralysis
  2. Getting past our fears
  3. Breaking the chains of perfectionism
  4. Making decisions more quickly and confidently

Find Your Way through a Maze

It’s good to be able to think deeply and critically about an issue, but sometimes the more you think and analyze, the bigger mess you find yourself trapped into. Don’t spend too much time analyzing and debating a feature of a software solution or the process to streamline a service. Always stay focused on the goals by setting a fixed deadline to complete the analysis process and having the right people to participate. Move on with the implementation process once options to solve a problem are brainstormed and evaluated.

Some people get stuck in a project when they bump into mistakes or errors. What halts the process is not the mistake itself, but their fear for letting things slip away—they can’t face failure. Well, failure is the mother of success, so you need to get past your fear and pull your head together to fix the mistake. Don’t be an unrealistic perfectionist either, because it causes you and others so much stress. Creating remarkable products doesn’t mean you have to be a high-achiever who constantly puts pressure on your team.

Lastly, having the ability to make decisions in a timely manner benefits your projects:

Plan for your decisions. That is to say, determine the most significant decisions and who—an individual or a group—will make the decisions.

Next, capture the significant decisions in a decision register. For each decision, record the date, the decision, who made the decision, and any notes for future reference.

Finally, evaluate your decisions over time. Things change in our projects. So, periodically, review prior decisions to determine if they remain valid. If not, re-engage the decision makers, revise the decisions, and update the register.

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