August 15th, 2016 in Project Management
Many want the esteem and pay that comes with being in a leadership position. Anyone can manage a project but being a good project leader is more than delegating tasks and bossing teammates around.
Here are some of the best practices you need to successfully manage a project
1) Understand the project
This may sound like a no-brainer, the most important step is to have a solid grasp not just about what the project is but why you are doing it, who you are doing it for and the resources required. Without this information, you cannot establish a realistic timeline to stay on track.
2) Look for signs of trouble
Going over budget? Is your team morale low? Are tasks that should be completed still getting done? Projects rarely go according to plan, when you understand your project fully, you can anticipate potential setbacks and plan for them.
3) Communicate efficiently
Be approachable. Make sure everyone is on the same page. All members of the team need to understand their roles in the project and your expectations. You can utilize good project management software to keep communication and work-related material t in context and in one place.
4) Cheer and Lead
Give credit where credit is due. As a leader, you should acknowledge good performance and encourage progress. This will motivate your team, keep spirits and let them know they are on the right track.
5) Stay Cool
It’s easy to remain calm when everything is going well, a good leader should remain calm when things inevitably go wrong. Mistakes will happen, embrace them as learning opportunities. Getting flustered only serves to delay and distract from your work while alienating your teammates and decreasing morale.
Try these tips with your team and you will surely have a more efficient workplace.
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