When you find yourself leading a new project team, you might be working with people who haven’t done projects before. These stakeholders need to know how the project is going to operate and what they can expect from you.
Here are the things that you should discuss with them as soon as you can, so you’ve got a clear starting point on how you will be working together. Consider these the rules of engagement, if you will!
One of the first things to do when you start a new project is to work out what it actually involves. As well as all the workshops about requirements and the documentation that results, there are some other things to investigate as part of your project scope.
Sit down with your project sponsor or other key users on the project and go through this checklist of 7 questions you should be asking about your project scope. They’ll appreciate that you have taken the time to ask and you’ll get a much better understanding of what they are expecting the project to deliver on their behalf.
Before you create that project schedule you need to know what is going on there, and that means understanding your project requirements.
Increasingly, I’m finding myself work on projects where the requirements are not clearly defined. In some cases you may find that a business analyst has worked on the project before you and done the hard work of finding out what the team wants. Or the project is really straightforward and it’s easy to see. Or, more likely, you’ll be in the same position as me and need to elicit the requirements before you can begin work.
Leadership in project management is a hot topic right now and everyone seems to be talking about it. But what does it mean to be a leader? You have probably come across lists of leadership skills before (communication, listening skills and so on) but what about the personal qualities?
My task list at the moment runs over 2 pages, and that’s a lot of tasks. Every day I have to assess where my time would be best spent given that I only have a set number of working hours in the day. What that means is that I take a view on the day’s priorities every day. I choose to work on a mix of project tasks (i.e. tasks that are on my project schedule) and other tasks that are still essential but that aren’t specifically linked to a project task. One of those might be preparing for a departmental presentation or setting up a training webinar for my team on general project management topics.
What’s this year going to bring? That’s the question I ask myself at this time every year, not least because I like to write about trends in project management. It’s also important to reflect personally.
Often, what’s trending in project management is going to have a person impact on you as a project manager, sooner or later, so the two are linked. Here’s my view on what is going to be hot in 2016 in project management and how it is going to impact your daily work.
When you’re juggling multiple projects it can feel as if you don’t know what should be taking priority at any time. Getting the priorities straight isn’t as hard as it seems. This 5-step approach will help you manage different strands of work and make sure that the right projects get the attention they need to progress.
Prioritizing your work starts with…
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