Many industry experts believe that project managers will succeed only when they have prior experience to back up their decisions. But what do the younger project managers have to offer to their older colleagues? Well, they may not have the experience, but they do have a unique perspective on the processes and technology that helps in completing a project. In this article at the Association for Project Management, Caspar Bartington explains some best ways organizations must follow to develop their young project managers (PMs).
How to Encourage Young Project Managers?
Train the Young PMs
Allow your young PMs to undergo project management certifications. “Training programs should, after all, meet the needs of the business first and foremost,” says Caspar. Such individuals become your organization’s great asset and will also remain committed and engaged. Besides, speak to the young PMs, and comprehend how they want to progress within your business, and how this can benefit both the parties. This will help you introduce a tailored approach to learning and development.
Iterate the Process
Younger PMs embody a new way of thinking when it comes to executing a project. They always look for the latest technology to help them complete a project in the fastest way possible. Younger PMs handle project work in small batches while focusing on top priorities first rather than scheduling and planning everything that needs to be done from the first day. Therefore, as an employer, be receptive to trying new methods.
Sitting in a little cubicle from 9 to 5, five days a week, isn’t a ‘normal’ work week anymore. Punching the clock doesn’t motivate young PMs. Most prefer a flexible schedule, and they want to be trusted by their team. Allow flexible working hours for your young PMs.
Besides, the young PMs have grown up in the social media generation, and they may collaborate with their peers in just 140 characters. As an employer, it may take a little longer for you to get this fast-paced communication style. But, it will undoubtedly connect the project team and even make the office environment more fun. To read the original article, click on https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/the-best-way-to-develop-young-project-managers/.