Managing projects is not for everyone. If you do find yourself in a project manager role on your team, these tips might help you keep your cool and keep things running smoothly.
Get a clear vision of what “DONE” looks like. In an ideal world, what would it look like to say “Hooray, this project is complete and it was awesome!” If you can picture it in clear detail, you can project manage it.
Create mini-goals. Mini-goals are those items that make up the big picture. Some will be a MUST, while others are more flexible. Once you define the mini-goals of the project, you can know what methods you can try to reach them.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”Tom Robbins
Leave your options open. It can help to delay some of your decisions, giving you as much info as possible before you have to commit. General Patton said It can also help to avoid boxing you into decisions that limit your options
Ask Questions. Start by asking lots of questions to make sure everyone is on the same page. This will give you an idea of what will be in bounds or out of bounds on the methods to reach your goal.
Leapfrog due dates. Instead of setting a complicated timeline, keep things moving quickly with mini-decisions and daily progress. Lots of time can be wasted on a project simply waiting to get closer to due-dates instead of making process at a faster pace.
Take the Lead, avoid the committee. Projects get done when someone takes point. If decisions are open to the group, opinions and indecision can lead to slow progress.
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion”Chinese proverb
Communicate, just enough. Find the best way to keep people on the same page, without overwhelming them. Meetings can be great. Email can be great. Ask questions, then communicate decisions. Over-communicating is often a main culprit that slow things down.
What project tips help you keep things moving? I’d love to hear them!