15 Things YOU can do to be a more effective Project Manager
Some say that Project Management is a science. We’re not sure about that but here are some simple things you can do to be the best Project Manager you can be!
- Find out what the client’s REAL expectations are. If they are unrealistic, You need to confront them!
- Make sure the proposal/contract reflects what you will do. If there’s language in there that misrepresents that get rid of it. Don’t keep using old standard documents.
- Get the best fee you can get so you can AFFORD to do a good job.
- Share the client’s expectations with everyone who works on the project.
- Tell the entire project team everything else you know about the client and the project.
- Study the psychology of selling. As a Project Manager, you will have to get other people to do things for you- people who most likely don’t report to you. That means you need to understand how to influence people. – Cialdini
- Have a well-organized electronic filing system, one everyone can access, and one with a file for every project.
- Deal with everything immediately. Respond to calls, texts, and emails promptly.
- Send out notes from any meetings or phones calls with the client immediately.
- CALL the client. Don’t just send emails.
- Do a weekly job progress report, whether or not the client requires it of you.
- Get out in the field. Go to the project site as often as you can!
- Continuously revise the project budget and schedule as the project evolves. Don’t wait until set intervals to do this.
- Try to work with the same internal team members and sub-consultants on all jobs. The less variation you have, the better everyone will know each other and work together.
- Build up your team members. That will make them feel good and want to work with you in the future.
You can find these and more tips in a number of our Training programs here at Zweig Group. You have the choice of coming to one of our open enrollment programs, In-House training option if you have a large team of PM’s that need some fine tuning, or you want to take a refresher course online (see below). We’ve got you covered.