Project owners have a lot of skin in the game to get things done. Many times they are self-motivated, but other times, they do not seem to have a sense of urgency to get things done. Here are some ways you can help create a sense of urgency so that the project remains on task and on schedule.
Active risk management is an important part of your role as a project manager. So keep your eye on the project charter and create a safe environment for your team members to come to you early and often if they see any risks to success. Here are some tips to help you manage risks like a pro!
Your learning curve will last a few months, so definitely take that opportunity to absorb as much information as possible. Here are some strategies I have used when starting a new career opportunity.
When you think about your life – in both your personal and professional worlds – would you say that you are a risk taker? There are times when you should play it safe, but there are also times when you should think outside the box.
You have heard it before – you are at work for so much of your life, so you better enjoy it! And I would go one step further and say that you better have fun! Read on to learn what steps you can take to have the right kind of fun at work.
I find myself surrounded by lists — to do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, invite lists. As my to do lists get longer and longer, I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed — not knowing where to start and/or not feeling like I have made a dent in anything. Read on to learn about my very basic steps to developing and managing your lists!
If you do not speak up as much as you would like to at work, you may need to step outside your comfort zone as a project manager to help your team and your leaders be as productive as possible. Here is my story of going from a shy newbie to a strong contributor to team discussions.
More than once, I have sat down with project or workstream leaders, ready to talk about what they need to do to get the project from start to finish, and the team member stares at me blankly and expects me to know all of the answers. Here are some tips you can use to clarify your role as the project manager and make sure everyone is clear on who owns what.
If you are assigned to a project where the subject matter is totally new, to truly be an effective project manager, you need to rewind the conversation and ask your team some really basic questions. As Michael Scott said, “Why don’t you explain this to me like I’m five?”
Ever run into scheduling issues? If you said no, then tell me your secret! While you cannot eliminate people’s busy schedules, there are ways to set expectations with your team and hold them accountable to participate in necessary meetings. And it is your job to make sure these meetings are productive.