We, as a part of today’s business world, are on the edge of chaos. Things are moving faster than we expect, unexpected influences require us to quickly adapt to the changing work environment and stay one step ahead. But that is not as easy as it may sound. Why? Well, that’s because we suck at the most basic principle of today’s business world — Good management. The management rules and hacks of the past are no longer serving their purpose. It’s time to take a different, more advanced approach.
Now, we at ProofHub, are no different from any other growing organization. We face our share of management challenges and have made all-too-common management mistakes. But at the end of the day, we achieved the success we aimed for. And obviously, it wasn’t easy. But once we figure out the right management habits and hacks, we’re able to practice management like pros.
If you have been facing the situation with too many projects and too much mismanagement, I have a few suggestions that you might appreciate. Mentioned below are some simple and straightforward habits that will end all your management problems forever.
- Not setting goals upfront
It’s important for the entire team to know roles and responsibilities and deliverables right from the start. This is why it’s a good move to hold a kickoff meeting with everyone involved in the given project. Use the kickoff meeting to define and set expectations and make the team more self-organized. Focus on ensuring a higher level of accountability and ownership before the execution part of the process starts.
- Always breaking (big) projects into smaller pieces
Breaking a large project into small, manageable pieces makes everyone more confident that they can successfully tackle what may seem like an impossible project. Doing so helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed, understand each facet of the given project, assign each team member with the best-suited role, and get the job done.
- Always prioritizing projects and/or tasks
We often have multiple, concurrent projects running at the same time. And that’s why it’s important for the project manager to let team members know what tasks should take priority and when priorities have changed. The manager and his/her team should clearly communicate their priorities and help each other save a lot of hassles and headaches.
- Not Forgetting people management
Too many project managers get bogged down focusing on the scope, quality, cost and timeline of the given project and forget about the people who are actually doing the work. Now, failing to manage a team, or micromanaging them, can lead to constant delays in meeting deadlines and reduced levels of productivity. The best way to avoid this is to schedule a time for periodic check-ins on each team member. This way you can make sure everyone shares the same vision for the project and is fully motivated.
- Regularly communicating
No professional will ever disagree with the importance of constant and effective communication in project management. So, once a project is underway you have to make sure that regular meetings and discussions are held to keep everything and everyone on the same track.
- Using the right technology at the right time
Many solid project management software solutions, like ProofHub, Asana and Trello, are available for growing teams and business to keep projects on track. When chosen and used wisely, these tools can make every aspect of the project management process easy and efficient. This includes project planning, project collaboration, task management, file management, tie management, project reporting and.
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- Adjusting course when things go wrong
As every project manager knows, sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, things can go wrong or worse — the project fails. That’s why they always have a risk management plan in place before any actual action begins. They make sure that they are ready for all known and unknown problems that might come in the way.
Good management is important, but not easy. Put these simple habits into practice and you will be able to work your way around all possible management hassles and get work done as expected. Also, if you have a tip or suggestion that has helped you accomplish greater productivity and better management skills, share it in the comments section below!
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