5 great tips for successful project managers
Updated: Nov 28, 2018
Managing projects isn't always smooth sailing. In fact, sometimes it may seem impossible. Have no fear! We're here to give you 5 great tips for successful project managers.
Being a project manager requires a certain type of person.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch
Here are 5 tips on how to be a successful project manager:
1. Define critical milestones clearly.
In order to for your team to run smooth and efficiently, each member needs to be able to understand what they're working towards. It helps to have a shared place where all team members can look back to remind themselves of the project's goals.
2. Identify each member's strengths and weaknesses.
Though each member of the team should be valued, it is important to recognize that some excel in areas where others don't. With that being said, identifying what skills each team member is best and worst at will help you when assigning tasks.
3. Identify and and manage potential risks.
If there is one thing you do not want to do as a project manager, it would be to go into the project blindly. You should always be identifying and managing all potential risks to your project such as budget, weather, laws and codes, problems with intermediaries, etc.
4. Establish an open communication channel.
Your team should be able to communicate with you and each other as much as possible so that all members are on the same page and you can keep track of who is doing what and what more needs to be done. Open communication is key for a successful project because a lack of communication brings a higher chance of avoidable problems happening.
5. Support your team!
A good project manager is always supporting their team. Make sure each member knows that if they are stuck on something or need help in a particular area, that they can reach out to you for support to help resolve the issue. If members are hesitant to reach out to you for support, some problems may go unreported and deadlines may not be met. All together, be a positive source who inspires hard work.