Tips to successful project management

For many managers, running a successful project management plan is a very hard to implement and complex task. Because most projects are meant to fail if the manager doesn’t have the right mindset and plan, many project managers try to focus on many aspects which they know are going to make a difference. Every project has a sequence of events that it gets through in order to be completed successfully or non-successfully. These events are indispensable to every manager who wants to complete the given projects with the minimum cost and time possible.

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What companies usually want from a project manager is completing a high quality project in a record time with the cheapest expenses possible. Every project should run through 3 main principals, estimating, planning, executing and tracking. If you master these 3 phases, you’ll be able to run a successful project management campaign.

Estimating: this is the responsibility of the project manager himself. Defining quality, time and budget is crucial to every project.

1- Quality: this is the main focus of every manager, because even if you are able to achieve a project in time and within a budget, it doesn’t matter if the product you want from this project is worthless or low quality. A good manager should clarify every aspect and criteria of the product he wants to accomplish.

2- Time: as they say “time is money”, is you manage to achieve a project within a record time; then you’ll save yourself or your company a lot of extra time. Just don’t let time stands in front of your project quality, because a good project with a little time delay is better then a bad one within a time record.

3- Budget: project managers usually want to achieve projects at the cheapest expenses possible. This factor is very crucial because it could affect your project quality.

In order for a project manager to assess these factors, he needs to take a look at other successful projects and try to compile specific criteria according to them.

Planning: this is probably the most important part of every successful project management. As they say “hope for the best and plan for the worst”, you need to write down a plan first, this plan should include everything you need in your project.

1- Balance: you need to work according to quality, time and budget principals, this way you’ll stay in track and assure that your project will meet all the criteria you have specified.

2- Plan decomposing: within your project team, no one will probably see the whole picture; you are the one who need to be aware of it. Trying to break large tasks into small ones will let your team work more efficiently and help you plan more effectively, because believe me, there is a huge set of variables which need to be organized.

Executing and tracking: these 2 phases work together. While you execute your project according to the plan you have specified, you need to track every completed and non completed task. Tracking will not only give you a clearer picture of your estimates, but will actually improve your estimating skills which you will need to run other successful project management campaigns.

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