One of the largest factors contributing to the success of any project is how well it is managed. An otherwise successful project will crash and burn if it is not managed appropriately. Ensuring proper planning, management, and execution of a given project is crucial.
Here are a few tips for effectively managing a project:
One of the most important components of managing a project successfully is communication. According to research, “59% of U.S. workers say communication is their team’s biggest obstacle to success, followed by accountability (29%).”[i] In order for everyone to successfully and efficiently do their part of the project, communication must be consistently present.
A few benefits that justify the importance of communication in project management include:[ii]
- Relaying Information
- Receiving Information
- Change in Situation
- Discussing Problems
- Bridging the Language Gap
Be Flexible and Agile
Another important aspect of managing a project is having the ability to be flexible.[iii] Throughout any project, different situations arise that may alter the original plan of the project. In order to manage the project successfully, you must be able to adapt to these changes. Being flexible while managing a project helps you to successfully assign different tasks and shift deadlines when appropriate. With so many “hands on deck” in any project, it is highly likely that an unexpected change will come up. You must be able to adjust the project accordingly and be agile in your approach.
Assign Clear and Specific Individual Tasks
The final tip for effectively managing a project is to assign specific and clearly laid out tasks to each member of the project team. By clearly defining roles for the project, you will improve efficiency and also avoid overlap of work. The best way to deter the productivity of a project is by having the same work being done by multiple people. Having team members who understand their roles and have a clear vision of how their responsibilities contribute to the end goal will help you successfully manage a project to completion.
Organizations invest time, resources, and money into large projects. Ensuring that they are managed effectively is crucial.