Project Management

The Five Big Changes Project Managers Need to Make

It is never fun to make changes, but at times, change is necessary. Project managers today not only need expertise, strategy, and leadership, but they also need a business lens and adaptability skills. Sometimes, they are even required to be change creators and trend leaders. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Nadine Rochester list five changes that project managers need to make in order to keep up with the changing face of project management:

  1. Zoom out
  2. Encourage open dialogue
  3. Reset the boundaries
  4. More visibility
  5. Be measured

Shift the Landscape

A project is never a one-and-done job that leaves minimal impact on an organization, so you should have the ability to see beyond the border. Look at how your work affects the other projects and benefits the business. A project matters only when it serves a bigger picture and drives business; otherwise, it is just a trivial task that creates chores for people.

In implementing a project, the key is the people—your team members, your stakeholders, your customers, and your executives. No one plays a less important role in the process. What you can do to bring everyone to the table is to encourage open dialogue that allows users, sponsors, and stakeholders to freely speak their minds throughout the lifecycle of the project. Executive sponsors have played an increasingly active role in determining the success of a project. According to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2016 study, when more than 80% of projects have executive support, more than 65% more projects are successful.

With effective leadership and communication skills, you as project manager can inspire others to achieve mutual goals and gain trust from your executives. Skills in strategy and business management might not be traditionally associated with project managers, but are now becoming increasingly significant to achieve success. Rochester adds this:

New ways to measure success are needed in order to keep track of the overall health and well-being of the project.

To measure project health effectively, there should be more insight into the possible difficulties or risks, such as meaningful metrics that cover lifecycle statement (schedule, scope and cost), project health and the path to resolution…

All the above have one thing in common – specific skills that are required to meet the demands of this shifting landscape.

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