Can you manage it? Of course you can.
Many people start out in their careers as a Project Manager, though in many cases, it takes time to earn the trust and responsibility that comes with such a position. If you've been given the title of Project Manager (PM), congratulations! You've earned it. And if you haven't been given the responsibility yet, there's a good chance you will be at some point if you want to advance in your career.
Now all you need to do is get clear on how you can maximize the resources available to you and hone in on the necessary skill sets to rock it in the project management world.
Project Management adds value to your resume.
There are lots of positives to being a Project Manager. As a project manager, you will gain tons of valuable on-the-job experience for future roles and positions, including–but not limited to:
Learning to delegate
Goal setting and results
Exposure to leadership teams within or external to the company
How to work with different personalities within the same group
Learning new project management software
Seems like a lot? The good news is that it adds amazing value to your resume through a wide variety of skills. Here are some additional project management tips and tricks that may help you succeed:
Tips for successful Project Management.
Know all the project details up front. Get clear on all the project details up front so you can map out a plan without surprises down the road.
Get clear on what's needed in priority order. This will then help you to set clear and measurable goals mentioned next. It will also help you to identify what can be taken care of early on, and on what you need to get a head start, so you don't have a last-minute disaster.
Set clear and measurable goals. After you're clear on the project criteria, set goals and milestones that are reasonable, but timely and efficient.
Go with the flow. Change happens throughout a project, so do some yoga or breathing courses to help you manage the stress that can come with the changes that come with a project.
Take a course and get certified. Getting certified as a project manager might make sense if you want to hone your skills as a project manager. You might be more attractive to companies, as well. You'll want to weigh out the pros and cons of whether or not it's worth it to you. Do you have the time and money?
At the same time, you might work with a company that will support you in getting it, so go for it.
Become a part of the team. You will want to lead your team as well as serve your team. By being a team player, they will see you as willing to put in the work, and you'll get a lot more out of your team as a whole.
Be proactive. Before the project begins, look for holes or areas that might be a challenge. You can bring these to the attention of those overseeing the project and attempt to come up with solutions to avoid an issue before it hits. When issues happen—and they will on almost any project—because you've been proactive from the beginning, problem-solving an issue will be much easier as it moves along.
Know your project management software like its your best friend. The software that you'll be using to either manage or launch your project is your best friend. Know it inside and out, and ask for training for all team members before the project even begins. You'll also want to look for software that has a strong support team in case you need it when you're in a jam or bind.
If you're trying to decide what project management software will work best, ask other Project Managers what they prefer. Or check out these Top 2016 Project Management Software programs.
Utilize a mentor. I recommend identifying and forging a relationship with a mentor to help you with various facets of your career. A good PM mentor can help you keep your cool when things go wrong, help you problem solve, cultivate a team, and more.
Know your customer. A good project manager will take the time to sit down with their customer more than once to get clear on their needs and how they communicate best. By doing so, the PM can put a plan in place to meet expectations for both internal and external customers.
Get to know your team. The more you take the time to get to know the players on your team with care, the more willing they'll be to go the extra mile for you when it's needed. It' also helps you to understand how each player communicates, operates and what their strong skills are so that you can delegate accordingly.
You want to give tasks to those you know will be competent and timely in getting them finished
Embrace leadership. As a project manager, you will be looked to for guidance and leadership in how to get the project to the finish line. The example you set will trickle down to the rest of the team.
Evaluate the project upon completion. You can learn a lot for your next project by taking note of what worked and what didn't work with your current project.
Not everyone loves being a Project Manager, and that's okay. Whether you love it or not, it can be a good experience to manage at least one project to see if it's a fit for you.
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