Have you ever had a project that you were excited about being a part of and performing only to find that when you completed it, it fell short of your expectations? Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there. As the old saying goes, “That which does not kill you, only makes you stronger” – and wiser.
So what happened? Chances are, there were many factors that were not completely thought through. Maybe you didn’t allot yourself a realistic time frame or maybe you didn’t do enough research. There were, most likely, many things you could’ve done – should’ve done – to make it a success. Hindsight is 20/20.
From each experience we have, we grow, we learn, we become more wise and more determined to get it right the next time. Disappointing people never feels good, disappointing a client feels even worse and disappointing yourself is dreadful. So what can you do to ensure that this never happens again? Project management is the answer.
So you’re not a project manager? No worries, you don’t have to be. Project management is simply a matter of putting some systems in place to create efficiency and ensure success. Two of the most important processes I feel you can put into place are:
1.) View the entire scope of the project and think it through to completion. Think ahead of every step necessary to make it a success and implement your plan of action. Calendar these actions throughout the project. Timing can be crucial.
2.) Get your team on board, delegate tasks and implement deadlines. This ensures that the actions necessary throughout the project are completed – and are on time.
Those are my top two, but we’re more interested in hearing yours. Leave us your project management tips (and your Twitter username) by September 29, 2011, in the comments section below and our team of moderators will pick the two best tips. The winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon!
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