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25 Tips For New Project Managers

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Are you a new Project Manager? Then you won’t want to miss these tips to get begin a string of successful projects!

Here are 25 essential tips for you new Project Managers!

  1. Where your budget allows, recruit the best, most experienced people onto your projects
  2. Play the role as ‘Project Leader’ too – inspire, encourage and create the best environment for success
  3. Take the heat for your project team, if you must
  4. If required, role up your sleeves and do the work that frees up your people to focus on what they’re good at – even if it’s getting the coffee
  5. Be a good listener to your team, and ask questions about their well-being, stress-levels and satisfaction
  6. Inject humour as well as discipline. Allow time for a little fun
  7. Sell the benefits of your project to all stakeholders constantly – you need to keep them focused on the result!
  8. Your project sponsors must always be involved in making big decisions
  9. Ask sponsors to assign or approve all experts onto the team, especially external people
  10. Ensure that your sponsors approve of (and physically sign-off) deliverables at each stage of the project
  11. Always ensure you have enough time to do the job, even if it requires a tactful challenge of stakeholders
  12. And allow time for rest. Don’t pile on the work!
  13. Don’t move onto ‘building’ the end result until you have a satisfactory set of requirements (what is being built) and a working design
  14. If you have to break rules, then break them. But get approval from sponsors first
  15. Communicate bad news as well as good
  16. Be brave. Be courageous.
  17. Stand up and do the right thing. Always
  18. Learn, consume and sleep your project life-cycle. Know each stage and phase off by heart!
  19. Plan, re-check, plan again. But don’t go overboard. A slightly flawed plan is better than no plan
  20. Hold regular reviews with sponsors, especially at the end of stages
  21. Hold short and regular team meetings
  22. When you’re in the run up to final delivery, hold (extremely) short ‘sun-up’ and ‘sun-down’ meetings (meetings at either end of the working day)
  23. Always, always, use your experience as a source of learning
  24. Don’t ever turn away an offer of help
  25. When you wake up each morning, read the business case/objective of your project. Never let this escape the front of your mind!
 
This post is part 3 of 6 in the series New Managers
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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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  1. Michael Cruse

    Bullet 24 & 25 are the ones that I think too many PMs lose sight of too quickly. Projects become personal, and they forget about what they are trying to achieve.

     

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