There are two things about a project that make the area of project management different from day-to-day managerial duties. The first is that a project is temporary in nature and usually follows a set deadline up to its fulfillment; the second is that a project encompasses a particular set of objectives to be fulfilled.
According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), any one project should be divided into the following stages: (1) the initiation stage, (2) the planning stage, (3) the execution stage, (4) the monitoring stage, and (5) the closing stage. All of these require the special knowledge, talents, and technical savvy of a project manager, who will lead the project from its start up to its finish.
If this is your role in your company’s upcoming product launch, seasonal campaign, event, or a related project, you must be asking yourself: what more can I do to ensure that the project is a success? The answer lies in your demonstration of project management skills: how well you manage your time, how focused you are in attaining the project’s deliverables, and how motivated you can keep your project management team.
With that said, these six tips may help you become a better project manager. Keep these in mind in order to enhance your project management skills.
Lastly, who is to say that this current project will be the only chance you have to demonstrate your skills? If you’ve done so, you may be asked to head a similar endeavor in the future. Once your current project has ended, do make time to process what went right, what went wrong, where the missed opportunities lie, and what points of improvement all team members can adapt. That approach will result in more successful company projects—and better, more well-equipped project managers.