6 PROJECT MANAGEMENT TIPS TO REMEMBER FOR THE NEW YEAR

As we usher in 2014 and its newly-approved projects, it’s easy to become mired in the daily grind. But there are some overarching principles Project Managers should keep in mind to help maintain their focus on project management—and career—success.

1 – Project advocacy starts with you. Does your Project Team need to boost its advocacy skills? Don’t let that stop you from doing the best you can. Be an example, and let others see what they can gain by following your lead.

2 – Everyone on the project team plays a role in advocacy. While you can act as a model for the rest of your group, you can also help them become advocates in their own right. Encourage them to embrace their advocacy role and the success it brings.

3 – Training opportunities don’t fall from the sky. You’ll need to work hard to fit education into an already overstuffed workload. Start planning project management training sessions now, and keep your eyes open for events that allow you to combine education with networking or other job growth activities.

4 – Best practices aren’t static. They are evolving creatures that require ongoing care. Stay current on thought leadership trends, adjust your practices as conditions and your own skills warrant, and be willing to leave outdated approaches behind.

5 – Stakeholders need regular attention. Renew your commitment to good stakeholder communication. Proactive conversations should be paired with post-project wrap-ups, and stakeholders should be encouraged to raise issues or ask questions any time.

6 – It’s OK to pat yourself on the back in public. Remember that stakeholders and leadership teams don’t always see the hard work you and your group do. Rather than let your accomplishments slip into obscurity, hone your PR skills as a way to garner necessary support when you need it.

New year project management tips

Project management consulting and training blog by PMAlliance.

 

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Manufacturing
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
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IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
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Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
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Energy
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
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Aerospace
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
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Cross-Functional
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
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Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
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Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
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ERP & SAP
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.