Dynamic Strategies for More Effective Project Management
Project management is critical for a business to function well, increasing efficiency and their ability to meet deadlines. But whether you have a dedicated project manager in the team or not, there are skills that everyone can benefit from to improve efficiency and timeliness. Here are a few strategies you can implement into your business practices for more effective project management.
Appoint with tact
Half of successful team management is achieved through hiring the right team initially, and while building a productive team takes time, there are specific starting points that can make achieving your goals far easier in the future. Recruitment plays a central role in effective project management, because you need to be able to identify the people who are best suited to specific roles, and the skills and expertise they bring to the project. Being able to appoint tactfully makes the best use of the resources but it also means that your team will flourish because they’ll be working on tasks that really let them and their expertise shine.
Focus on time management
Time management is a vital part of completing any project, regardless of the focus or the industry. If you attempt to complete a project without considering how you’ll structure your time and how long you need to complete each task, you’ll never succeed. Time management serves as the roadmap for the whole project and it eliminates tasks that act as wasted opportunities. But if you’ve tried implementing time management strategies before with no luck, it may be your belief systems holding you back. Belief systems impact actions which lead to results, and this in turn impacts your time management. So look at where your time is being spent and whether that’s in alignment with your goals, because there’s a good chance that you’re wasting time on tasks that aren’t progressing you or your team towards the end goal.
Recognise and reward
You can’t expect people to continually put in the effort, day after day, for nothing more than a cursory thanks. Put yourself in the shoes of your team and consider what incentivises them to keep putting in the hard work. Everyone needs something to act as the driving force behind their work and when it comes to effective project management, it can often be overlooked. Recognise the work your team are doing and do so regularly, because it’s something that acts as a huge motivator for staff and keeps them working hard, which in turn helps you all achieve deadlines and improves productivity. In addition to recognising the hard work your team are putting in, reward them for it, because that’s how you’ll keep employees achieving the best results.
Understand your goals
When you’re managing a project, you need to understand the overarching mission before you dive into the tasks and individual components that will bring it to fruition. This ensures that when you’re faced with a challenge or a setback, you have a guide to put you back on track. What is considered ‘mission critical’ for you and your team to meet your deadlines and achieve the ultimate goal, and what can be rejected? While it may seem daunting to reject a request, when you’re working on a project, it’s often necessary. Understanding the ultimate vision can make it easier to turn down those requests and keep everyone on track to meet those predetermined objectives.
Multitasking is a common project when it comes to working on a project, and while it gives the illusion of getting more done in a shorter space of time, the issue is that multitasking doesn’t work. Our brains aren’t capable of handling multiple complex tasks at once. In fact, research suggests that when we switch between different tasks, we actually lose productivity because moving between jobs causes us to lose attention and focus. Instead, focus on single tasks to give them your total focus and try breaking up your time into chunks using the Pomodoro method to give a task your full attention for shorter bursts of time. It’s a more efficient way to break up your day while still getting more done.
Identify needless tasks
When you’re assessing a project and the tasks required to get you across the finish line, be aware that you may come across needless tasks that are sucking up time unnecessarily. Regularly check in with your team to assess tasks and inspect whether they are essential to the project as a whole. There may be tasks that can be removed entirely or some that have been given to certain team members that don’t necessarily play to their strengths, which can be passed to someone else for better results. There may even be tasks that can be automated with tech to make better use of your time.
Understand your methodologies
Having an understanding of the core project management methodologies can be incredibly valuable to the success of your project. From scrum methodologies to agile or the Six Sigma method, these methodologies will give you the tools and techniques to work through tasks with the utmost efficiency and guide the team to the end goal as seamlessly as possible. These methodologies can be applied to any industry or project, making them invaluable when it comes to getting the most out of your time.
Project management skills are worth investing in and honing, regardless of what role you’re in, as they provide such value across the business. From increasing efficiency and maximising your time to boosting productivity within the team, these strategies will elevate your project management skills for better results