- Do not forget that it is the people in the project teams that actually deliver successful projects
- Be sure to use every chance throughout the project to manage expectations
- Be sure to put conclusions in writing immediately, even if not using documentation heavy methods
- You can never communicate too much as a project manager
- Keep a close eye on risks throughout the project and use a visual risk log as a communication tool
- Starting - not just planing, but actually doing - the most difficult tasks as early as possible increases the likelihood of a good result and minimizes the effect of a bad one
- Establish checkpoints that you follow in each of your projects, even if operating in an agile way
- As a project manager, try to add value beyond administering the project
- Make sure that you have buy-in on all relevant levels, and reconfirm this as the project moves on
- Try to look beyond the project, to ensure the project contributes to reaching the overall goals of the organization
November 3, 2009
Summarizing my brief tips for project managers
So, that was the 10 posts. Here are my 10 brief tips for successful project management summarized (each sentence links back to the individual post):
When I look at it now, what do I feel – should I have changed something drastically? I think I might have created one specific post on goals. I think it is really important to have the goals clearly defined (and on the right level) and understood across project team and stakeholders. That is maybe buried a bit in the “managing expectations” heading in the current list of tips. Make sure to have it clearly visible in your mental checklist.
Apart from that and to be sure to communicate roles and responsibilities very clearly (and also to always work in stages or increments, but that is sort of given and an underlying assumption in everything that I have written so far, I think...) I am quite happy with the list as it has developed. But you might not be, and then the best way to show it would be leaving a comment. :-)
The always challenging question of summarizing it all in a sentence? Well, how about: Be proactive and care for your team, choose common sense rather than legal fights and have fun!?