12 Success Tips for Project Managers

What you need to manage that project well and achieve a measurable success:

1) write down a clear blueprint for the project – This is where you put down the aim/purpose of the project; what you hope to achieve.

2) Develop the blueprint, aims, and objectives of the project with the organization hiring you as the project manager. It is important that you the project manager is on the same page with the project’s commissioner. This will prevent a misunderstanding while carrying out the project.

3) Identify team members you need to carry out the project successfully.

4) Sell the aim of the project to your team members clearly. Let them have a buy-in and team members should be clear about their roles and expected delivery time.

5) Get team members involved in the planning stage of the step by step processes of execution of the project. This will help them to feel like they own the project. It will also give a clear picture of what is expected on the field while gathering data or fulfilling their part in the project.

6) Write a budget that will cover all expenses such as staff salaries, transportation, accommodation, the cost of field trips, the fee for contractors.

7) As a project manager assess the progress of the project against your timeline for execution by taking note of what isn’t working; what needs to be improved upon; achievement so far and how much work still needs to be done. Ensure that team members have reports for each stage ready and sent to you for preview.

8) Don’t forget to let the hiring organization know their own role in implementing the project such as access to information; key staff needed to provide necessary input to make implementation possible.

9) Draw and sign an agreement stating clearly what area of the project will be covered by you and your team; what area will be handled by the hiring organization; what you will not do. This will prevent incitement of extra cost that may arise from the employer suddenly wanting to saddle you with responsibilities that are not part of the project initially.

10) Be clear that the hiring organization is willing and ready to pay you for the execution of the project. Agree on fees, how and when it will be paid before commencing with the project. Get paid with a responsible mobilization Fee that will help run the project.

11) Have a measurable assessment plan in place: This will help to assess to what extent the project achieved its aims and objectives. This very important to know whether a project was successful. It will also help to determine whether to consolidate on the present achievements.

12) Be honest and pay your team members what you have agreed upon. Do not short change them. Make them happy as they are the ones who will help make a success of the project. This will, in turn, make you look good in the eyes of the hiring organization. Your recommendation score goes up.

Most importantly take on projects that match your skills and you are equipped to execute successfully. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

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Why and How you need to Develop your Skills

I listened to a story about a computer graduate who went for a job interview and didn’t know how to use a computer…LMAO. Please, what exactly was he learning while doing this so called computer course?!!!

This case is both amusing and annoying. Why waste years studying a course and not have the practical skill needed to land a job with the certificate. No one is too old fashioned to learn something new or acquire a new skill. If an 80-year-old woman I met could say that she was learning how to use the social media and brushing up on her computer skills who says you cannot.

If you want to move from where you are to somewhere higher then you must develop your skills.
If you want to be more marketable and land that your dream job them you have got to improve on or acquire the needed skills for where you are aiming to get to.

How to/What you can do:
Take a course: Opportunities abound everywhere especially on-line. Surf the internet for useful things that will help develop you and put you on a better pedestal in your career.
Connect with someone who is doing what you want to do well. It is safer to learn from his/her wealth of experience than to struggle through what you are ill-equipped to handle.
Read…read and keep reading: Take time to look for books in your field or that skill you wish to acquire.
• And take the time to know yourself and what you want before wasting your time on a skill that you really don’t need. I know that “no knowledge is a waste”, but there is no point training to be a surgeon when all you want to do is be a fisherman.

So hey time to dust your bum, get up and go forward in acquiring a new skill.
Definition: Skill is an ability to do something well and keep improving at it.

Skills can be acquired all you need do is make yourself available to learn and grow.

Skills you can work on/develop:

  •  IT skills– learn how to use a computer beyond visiting your facebook, twitter, and Instagram pages. Know how to use Word, Excel and power point.
  • Communication skills: How are you communicating? Are you saying what you mean? Are your receivers getting what you mean? Are you communicating well with your customers to keep them and get new ones? Communication is key in any transaction with other human beings. Learn more about how to effectively communicate.
  • Management skills: If you want to become a manager then you really have to learn about management to be a successful one.
  • Teamwork: To work on big projects use will have to work with other people. Some people believe that they work better on their own. If you want to go far and achieve bigger things then you must learn about team work.

This is not an exhaustive list but we will keep talking about how you can develop and improve yourself in that chosen career or field. Have a great week and dream big!!

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

How to be an Effective Manager and Leader

I am taking an on-line course on Future Learn Website
Here are a few tips about Management and Leadership – Growing as a Manager.ALIVE FEMALE ADDIS
How to effectively manage or Lead your team/employees
You need to be trustworthy: Your staff or team need to be able to trust you.
Communicate effectively with your employees ensuring that they understand tasks that need to be done; and what you want to achieve as an organization.
Learn to delegate effectively: Trust members of your team with a certain task but also ensure that you support them in carrying it out.
Admit bad decisions you make
Be firm when necessary(Autocratic)
Be democratic – Give room for the creativity of your team/staff to blossom. Engage them in the process of running the unit or organization.
Have an effective working relationship with those under your supervision
• Lead by example
• Ability to be able to make decisions…Managers/Leaders make decisions.

 

Taking Training courses is not the only way to learn

Other ways to learn:
Learn from other people’s experience by observing and talking with them.
• Read
• Use Websites
• Undertake development tasks by taking up new responsibility. Don’t shy away from taking up new assignments. You learn new things and grow.
• Seek feedback from other people.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)