Every thought leader has a ‘must do’ list of guidelines for success. We’re revisiting our own top ‘12’ tactics because they just do NOT go out of style! Read on ….

  1. Plan. Plan, plan, plan, plan, plan. Yes, every project has a plan of reference, but don’t let it collect dust. Plans change so keep them up to date with any revisions.
  2. Preparation. Don’t skimp on prep time. Consult key stakeholders and team members to get the foundation pieces of your project (Project Plan, Work breakdown Structure, Project Initiation Document) in place.
  3. Processes. Create or document your processes. This helps you develop your own project methodology for your team and clients to follow – it’s how you create efficiencies and standards in your business.
  4. People. You’re only as good as the people working on your project. Help them be even better by keeping them informed and dealing them in on changes as they may spot impacts, risks or costs that could get overlooked.
  5. Produce reports. Reports are the output of tracking and how we measure project performance. Monitor your project regularly and produce reports based on key metrics to reduce the risk of unpleasant surprises. Reports are a key communication tool for clients.
  6. Pace yourself. Project management is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It’s very easy to put in long days managing or worrying about a project. Make sure you take breaks and fit some exercise into your routine – you’ll appreciate the extra energy and the head-clearing benefits.
  7. Passion. You need to be fully committed to the project and its outcomes in order to keep your team motivated and performing, especially if it’s a lengthy or difficult project.
  8. Progress. When you pass a milestone in the project, communicate it. Everyone likes to see progress and know their efforts are helping to move the project closer to the finish line.
  9. Peacekeeper. As a PM, you are dealing with many different personalities and relationships throughout the life cycle of your project. Knowing how to deal with stakeholders, team members, contractors, vendors, or other interested parties requires good negotiation and people management skills.
  10.  Phase Management. At the end of each phase, make sure the deliverables have been met and the stakeholder reviews and signs off before moving on to the next phase of the project.
  11. Post Mortem. Hold a Lessons Learned review at the end of every projects to capture what worked well and what didn’t so you can develop process improvements and use these learnings on futures projects.
  12. Party! When the project is over, don’t forget to celebrate this success and thank all your team members for their contribution.