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September 27, 2017
Time and time again, project managers are looking for different ways to improve the success of a project. The majority of the improvement needed, however, comes from the Project Managers themselves. It is vital that the PM is knowledgeable and experienced when managing projects so here are a few effective techniques that can help you achieve this.
First of all, you need to be aware of the external factors of your working environment. Choose an appropriate location for your project and use non-defensive body language so that you and your staff are at the same level. Use appropriate eye contact and talk through your situation with your HR manager to make sure that your team are working in a comfortable environment.
You will also need to maintain self-control when working with your team. Stick to your decisions and remain rational so that your staff understand the business goals and feel passionate to work for you. It can be difficult at times but try not to be aggressive to your staff, this will just encourage discomfort in the workplace which will reduce productivity.
It is also very important that you can communicate and listen effectively with your employees. Acknowledge your team’s feelings and paraphrase the situation without inserting your own perceptions. Try to avoid criticizing your staff when things go wrong as this will build up unnecessary pressure on everyone’s shoulders.
Keep focused on the outcomes of a project by looking at solutions, asking for additional information if needed and exploring workable, realistic solutions to help your project succeed. Clarify any potential consequences of actions or lack thereof and if you need to take a “time-out”, take it if necessary.
To be an effective project manager, you will need to know how to create problem-solving skills, conflict management skills, negotiation skills and have a self-awareness and desire for self-improvement.
Dealing with problems in a project can be very difficult when working with others. The first thing you will need to do is identify that issue and have a simple, honest talk with the employee so that you can understand what the problems are on their side so that you can develop the overall picture. You should provide feedback and solutions to your staff so that they can improve performance but this requires patience and time investment so that you can help improve an employee’s behaviour.
It can be difficult at times to know what techniques to use when managing projects. There are many training courses available to help you achieve this. PRINCE2 Training is one of the most popular project management techniques in the world with over 2 million people passing the PRINCE2 exams. The reason why it’s so popular is that the methodology is suited for all working environments. If you are interested in taking the PRINCE2 Courses, Management & Security Professionals are able to provide this for you in state of the art venues nationwide.
Being a project manager is not easy and there are more and more managers who arrive in a situation where they don’t know what to do. This is because they do not have the knowledge and skills to be confident in what they do. Taking a training course gives them that confidence to achieve a successful project and will give them the skills to manage teams effectively.