Project Management

7 Perennial Tips to Be a Great Project Manager

Once you have been in the game a while, there are a few standards for great project management that you just develop by instinct. But there are also a bunch of new project managers who could benefit from having that “obvious” advice spelled out for them. In an article for Project Times, Jasmin Ali shares seven basic tips for great project management that will always hold true:

  1. Avoid micromanagement
  2. Evaluate priorities
  3. Manage time effectively
  4. Communicate clearly
  5. Understand your employees
  6. Equip the team with the right tools
  7. Develop your problem-solving skills

Management in Bloom

The long-time project managers nodded their heads and probably already clicked out of this article. But for those who remain, let’s brush up on the basics. Micromanagement is bad because it implies you do not trust your team, and it also robs your team of the breathing room to actually get work done. So rather than micromanage, focus on building trust in the team and developing reliable processes for getting work done. Then just let the team work. It will ultimately save time, and time is one of the most important resources to manage on any project.

Almost inevitably, priorities will shift over the course of a project, and it is up to project managers to course-correct the project as these changes occur. Communication will be key in this, as communication skills are ultimately at the heart of all good business. Project managers should go even further than this though, by taking efforts to get to know the individual members of their team. They should understand team members’ motivations and what and how much work they can perform well. And team members must likewise be provided with the right tools to do their jobs well.

Lastly, Ali shares this about problem-solving skills:

When there’s a project assigned to you, there will be problems assigned to you as well. These problems can arise at any time of the project. Problems can vary from being related to the employees within the team, health-issues or emergencies that occur mid-way or at the time of delivery, misinterpreting requirements, missing out on SLDC processes, bug issues and problems that are completely unexpected. Being a great problem-solver by understanding what is to be done at such situations is the best trait of a great project manager. A great project manager works towards the success of the company and its products and it is vital to know how to handle unexpected situations in a witty way.

For additional thoughts, you can view the original article here:

John Friscia

John Friscia was the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success from 2015 through 2018. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and grew in every possible way in his time there. John graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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