Posted on July 2, 2013 · Posted in Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Small Business, Tips and Tricks

Project management – it’s all about task management and scheduling, right? Not so fast. There’s a reason why most project managers you meet are between 40 and 60 years old, with between 10 and 20 years of experience. Successful project management is an art form that requires a unique set of skills that are typically developed through years of experience. If you are a new project manager, here are some great tips that you can put into practice to get you on the right track.

Commit Yourself to Continuous Learning

You may be familiar with some industry terms and concepts from being a team member on various projects. However, as a new project manager, you’ll notice that there are always new certifications, software, or other training that can make you much more effective at your job.  Plan to continue learning, and you’ll always stay ahead of the pack. The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the largest worldwide association for the industry, and they offer several certification levels that can help increase your abilities and advance your career.

Ask Questions

Don’t be concerned that you will seem incompetent if you ask for help. No company will, or should, expect you to know it all as soon as you start. The best way to approach new situations is to be like a sponge, soaking up as much knowledge as you can. If you don’t understand something or become involved in a project that you haven’t had experience with, ask for guidance. By taking the time to understand the task at hand, you’ll be less likely to make costly mistakes.

Use the Right Software

A large part of a project manager’s success or failure can be attributed to their choice of project management software. Taking the time to find a platform that allows clear and specific communication of task details will allow your team to meet deadline and budget constraints. It is important to use project management software that allows you to share project schedules with your entire team, but it is equally important that it has the administration settings available to not over-share information with teammates that don’t need it. It is important to not over-share information for the productivity of your team because there is no sense in bogging people down with tasks and objectives that are not relevant to them. Look for software that doesn’t break the bank, but don’t sacrifice these features:  user-friendly, browser-like navigation, easy printing, and the ability to search and filter data quickly to locate the information that you need.

Adhering to these tips from effective project managers and using project management software will go a long way in helping you enjoy a rewarding project management career. Strive to provide the best and most project management professional you can be by staying inquisitive advancing your knowledge, and staying current with technology. With the right knowledge, people and tools you can navigate any project with ease.

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