Project Management

4 Secret Weapons in the Battle for Your Project Management Career

Climbing the corporate ladder is no easy feat. But with the help of other professionals and the determination of your own, advancing can be a lot easier. In this article, Josh shares a few tips that he has learned along the way to further one’s project management career.

Describe the End State

With the goal in mind, it is easy to visualize what you want and the steps it takes to get there. Documenting them and seeing the progress you have made along the way will serve as a constant reminder of your goal, fueling your motivation to keep on trucking. Things will change along the way but that’s okay.

Consistent, Sustainable Action

The author offers this advice:

Baby steps. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years through organizational change management, personal productivity studies, and continuous improvement methodologies, it is this: Consistent, sustainable action is what creates progress. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Set aside 15 minutes a day that is solely reserved for doing something to progress you towards you goals. Don’t try to conquer the world in a day.  You’ll be surprised how much progress you’ve made when you look back a year from now.

Limit Work in Progress (WIP)

If you find yourself going through project management training, reading books, going for your PMP certification while taking night classes all at the same time, the author advises that it is something one shouldn’t do. He says that fighting “too many fronts at once will result in failure.” Instead make a list of the things you need to do in order to achieve your goal. Prioritize them and start with the most important one.

Seek Inspiration

Surround yourself with people who have the same goals. They will offer encouragement and offer inspiring words, ideas, and energy. Early in his career, the author mentions that he looked to interacting with other project managers, the Project Management Podcast and his friends for inspiration. He also mentions his team and helping developing project managers as a source of inspiration to get better and better.

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Information systems architect / technical design authority with over 20 years experience delivering small-scale through enterprise systems to commercial, finance and government customers.

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