Project Management for All: Its Practical Application across Different Professions
Newsflash: Project management is not exclusive to, well, project managers alone.
Software development, building construction, donation drives, rescue initiatives, business expansion to new marketplaces—you name it, they all illustrate a project. Project management is an undertaking that uses a specific set of skills, expertise, techniques, and tools to plan, execute, and deliver a resource, an enterprise, a measure, or a product that adds value to people’s lives.
Project Management Done Right
Our work and professional workspaces where we operate have a constantly changing nature. There’s the rapid accumulation of technological advancements one after another, plus the fast and wide expansion of the digital space that ironically makes the world we live in smaller. Under these inevitable circumstances, the work built and performed around projects and amongst teams requires organization and proper management now more than ever.
This is when and where a project professional steps in, whether as a dedicated project manager as mandated by their official job title or as a result of circumstances that placed them in the position to manage without the necessity for an official designation.
A project manager spearheads a project using an amalgam of tools, methodologies, techniques, and approaches to meet the demands of the project at hand.
Good project management enables an individual, a team, or an organization to resolve issues, propose and put into action improvements, or produce a new product or enhance an older one. It involves meticulous understanding of the project in detail while stitching together these chunks of data to paint the bigger picture. All these are made over a time period to drive positive changes, gradually taking the project to completion. That’s effective project management—the kind that works.
The Value of Project Management to Your Organization
Discover the importance of project management. Here are the foremost benefits the skill can bring in your team—notwithstanding the possession of a stellar degree or a fancy course certification, that is.
Experience smoother, more enhanced communications. After all, there’s no need for complexities in collaboration.
Project management increases the degree of transparency and guarantees accountability in a significant capacity. It defines and refines a clear outline of the path the team at large is taking, as well as the individual responsibilities of each member. It enables you to envisage the course of the project.
- Due dates and their feasibility
- Task owners
- Separate and shared tasks
- All relevant resources
Disseminate these information where they’re easily visible and accessible to every stakeholder to ensure you’re all on the same page. No more overlooking deadlines, no more rushing, no more scrambling at the last minute, and no time wasted.
Vivid records and documentation of progress allows for just as vivid an understanding of where you’re at and where you’re investing your resources, what and how to prioritize, and the pitfalls of getting off track.
Project management routes you to making smart, sound, data-driven decisions and choices. It allows for you to preempt possible roadblocks, and in turn, drives you to think and take several steps ahead to avoid, to the best of your abilities, any looming bottlenecks.
Sustains Alignment and Focus
Project Management is important in that it makes certain there’s the presence of strategic alignment, incorporating real value to the vision and the opportunities of a particular project.
What project management practitioners do is advance and push for the project’s goals. They frame, build, and shape these objectives with a definitive, specific premise and context so that all stakeholders maintain alignment and stay methodical in calculating wins as well as risks.
When you’re all aligned and have your focus set on the same vision, you won’t find your team distracted and veering from the essentials for project implementation, execution, and completion.
The Responsibilities and Skills of an Effective Project Manager
While what a project manager actually does may depend on and differ based on the industry that they’re in, here are the duties which are common amongst them regardless of business, organization, or area of specialization.
- Setting realistic and clear expectations and KPIs, and circulating these expectations
- Developing a detailed project management plan
- Supervising, updating, and tracking progress of every phase of the entire project lifecycle
- Delegating responsibilities and coordinating with task owners
- Coaching and motivating through building strong professional relationships
- Conducting high-level productive meetings such as project status weekly stand-ups and retrospective meetings
- Measuring and evaluating performances using appropriate and accurate systems, techniques, and tools
Interested in getting more in-depth understanding of what project management looks like and how it works, be a hunter, sign up, and join in MultiplyMii’s Wolfpack Session on “Clearing the Clutter: A Practical Approach to Project Management” on June 9, 2022 at 8PM Philippine Time.
Listen to Tiny Anusuriya, herself a seasoned Project Manager and currently serving as PM for MultiplyMii’s Product Department, as she demystifies the seemingly unapproachable and intimidating skill to learn.
It’s Here to Stay: A Glimpse at the Future of Project Management
The constantly increasing presence of varying technologies will continue to place Project Management in an optimistic light. There is also the diversification and overlapping of management methodologies which will positively impact PM. Moreover, the skill is evolving in itself and new concepts for it are emerging.
Lead and win sophisticated projects, rise above challenges along the way, and exceed expectations when you take the right approach to PM.
So, who exactly benefits from knowledge on and implementation of Project Management?
Practically everyone. Project management can be put into practice by, to name a few, leadership teams, marketing departments, customer support, product teams, events managers, and certainly, you and the organization you belong in. And the list goes on.
The practicable uses of project management are all around you, every day. Know how to navigate through it so then you can take full advantage of these workable applications. They’re all in your favor. You don’t need a major career shift in order to reap its very many benefits. But should you please, certainly, you can, too.
Work on projects motivated, excited, and fulfilled through the best practices of project management. Learn the various approaches to it at the Wolfpack Session on June 9, 2022 at 8PM Philippine Time.
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