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A project manager's guide to success

Projects are the engine of change in most organisations and therefore are significant in the potential for damaging or growing organisational performance.

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Here are 8 areas for the effective project manager to get to grips with...

1. Organising Chaos

Projects are naturally chaotic. The primary business function of a project manager is organising & planning projects to tame this chaos.

It's hard to think of any complex business endeavour that was ever achieved without organisation & planning.

Project management is the organisation, planning and control of projects and all its’ associated elements such as timescales, budgets and most important stakeholders.
 

2. Managing Risk

Any good project has plenty of risk. After all, the nature of business is taking risks.

Risk is a fundamental part of any business strategy and therefore associated with project work.. However, risk needs to be managed.

Risk is that chance of a negative event or loss. Uncontrolled risk taking ends in asset destruction and compliance issues.

Project management identifies, manages and controls risk.
 

3. Managing Quality

Quality is the value of what you produce. There's not much sense producing something that has no value.

Leaving quality to chance is similar to producing something of random value.

Project management identifies, manages and controls quality.
 

4. Managing Integration

Projects don't happen in a vacuum. They need to be integrated with business processes, systems and organizations.

You can't build a sales system that doesn't integrate with your sales process and sales organization. It wouldn't add much value. Integration is often key to project value.

Project management identifies and manages integration.
 

5. Managing Change

Projects always happen in an environment in which nothing is constant except change. Projects are often a moving target.

Managing change can be a complex and daunting task. It's not optional. Unless you can put your business universe on pause, change happens whether you manage it or not.

Project managers manage change smoothly.
 

6. Clearing Roadblocks

Business initiatives typically encounter regular issues that must be managed to achieve objectives.

Project management plays a critical role in identifying and clearing roadblocks.
 

7. Retaining and using Knowledge

Projects generate knowledge — or at least they should.

Knowledge represents a significant asset for most businesses. Left unmanaged, knowledge tends to quickly fade.

Project management ensures that project knowledge is captured and managed.
 

8. Learning from Mistakes

Projects fail, things go wrong. When they do, it's important to learn from the process. Learning from failure is key to business innovation and quality improvement.

Project managers ensure that lessons are learned from project success and failure and are communicated to others.

 

JOHN | THINKING HR

 

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Thanks to the project management website for this information.