Meet me, the new Project Manager

Based on your response, you may want to work on the following areas.

Communication

Managing a project can be a highly stressful. Good communication skills are essential in helping you to work effectively, build solid stakeholder relationships, prevent unnecessary misunderstandings, and navigate day-to-day deadlines. Successful project management communication is about being supportive, remaining on top of the day-to-day challenges of the project, being approachable, and considering various points of view before taking action.

Creative thinking and problem-solving

Creative thinking and problem-solving are key skills for any project manager. Projects are essentially a set of activities delivered in the future, which means that they are subject to unknown events not anticipated. Creative thinking is required to best deal with these unexpected challenges and problems that need to be solved. Creative thinking requires proper immersion through the use of various techniques to really think in-depth about problem solving perspectives before responding to it. Take time to facilitate brainstorming sessions to build creativity and look at challenges in new ways with a view to finding a range of alternative solutions that may be more effective than a single (off the shelf) solution approach you might usually take.

Planning

Planning is a core activity in the early stages of any project lifecycle. Planning and organisational skills are essential to being an effective project manager. Taking time to understand what your project is about, the benefits it should deliver, and the essential activities that need to be completed is all part and parcel of laying a solid planning foundation. Thorough analysis and evaluation in selecting the “best approach” to undertaking and completing project activities will inform overall project planning, communication, and stakeholder management by clearly articulating the selected path to successfully achieving project objectives.

Written by theFerkel