By Ruoro Kairu
As a project manager, you want your team –and project, to be successful. As a result, you may feel you need to keep an eye on everything that’s happening during the project.
However, you may not have the time or resources to keep an eye on everything.
Then, how do you ensure the project is still successful?
I spoke with a project manager on the qualities of a project manager.
“Whatever the project, there are some basic rules that are helpful in project management. These rules help build the right foundation for the project as well as projects taken.” He said.
Here are six steps to effectively managing a project.
1. Identify the work
This sounds like a basic rule. However, many projects start off as a vague idea. While this is okay, at some point, you’ll need to paint a clear picture of the project. Ideally, this should be done before or as you start your project.
As the project continues, there might be more factors coming up –which is perfectly okay.
2. Create a comprehensive plan
A common rule is to always have a complete plan. At this stage, you’re basically addressing what the initial stage is, and what you would like to achieve upon completion of the project.
Once you’re clear on the plan, sharer it with the stakeholders, and ensure you’re all on the same page.
3. Establish metrics for success
Define what success the project is after. There are different kinds of projects, so to see how effective a project was, you should measure it against the success metrics set.
4. Ask for help
While you can run small projects with one or two individuals, you’ll need to coordinate various teams for larger projects. As such, you should establish teams to work with during the project. Also, ensure everyone you bring on board knows their roles as well as the deliverables.
5. Monitor the progress and results
Before commencing the project, set out milestones and key performance indicators. With this, you’ll easily be able to measure how far you are, and what needs to be done in order to achieve success.
6. Change the plan accordingly
As mentioned above, you’ll likely get a situation where not everything goes according to the plan you had previously set. Don’t be rigid and continue on the same plan. You need to conform to the changes and have a plan that takes care of these rising factors.
Ultimately, whether you’re leading a project on your own or as a team, effective project management is essential to the organization and to your career. Learning how to effectively manage projects should be a key objective of your career development.