How to Take Your Project Management Strategy to the Next Level
Project management is all about taking an idea, a future product or a future service and turning into the product or service it was planned to be.
How can you do this?
You can do this by using various skills such as leadership, communication, planning skills, time management, risk assessment and negotiation skills. You have to take the idea, the project, and make sure you negotiate the terms of delivery very thoroughly, so unexpected requirements won’t appear along the way.
Then, you need to be able to evaluate it in terms of time and resources. If you are a project manager in the IT industry, you will have to be able to reach an affirmation like this: ‘To be able to deliver this project I will need 6 developers, two quality analysts, one business analyst. They will work on roughly 400 tasks which will be done during 24 sprints.’
Also, a very important aspect of project management is the ability to predict risks, bottlenecks, and, last, but not least, motivate the entire team in order to deliver the project in a timely manner.
If you are already working as a project manager, at least once during your career, you might’ve reached a moment when you thought you need to take your project management strategy to the next level.
During this article, we’ll go through aspects that might help you get over this resistance in your career and turn the situation into a support for the development of your career.
1. Project Delivery Methodology
The project delivery methodology is one of the most important aspects of the project itself because it can make or break your project and career.
Here are the 2 main project methodologies and their best implementations
Agile — This project delivery methodology is widespread especially in the tech world. It splits the entire project into ‘biteable’ pieces called Sprints, and they usually last 2 weeks. During these two weeks you set a goal, for example, create a login functionality for your platform, and you take that goal through all project’s lifecycle phases: planning, development/implementation, quality assurance/testing, and deployment/delivering.
Waterfall — The waterfall delivery methodology, unlike the agile methodology, goes through one phase of the project’s lifecycle at a time.
A good example of an industry where this delivery methodology is being used is the construction industry. There, you first create the concrete structure, then you structure the floors using bricks, and, in the end, you add all the plumbing and electrical system.
This being said, if you work on projects which can be split into small, independent, subprojects or tasks, the agile project management methodology should be used. On other projects, the waterfall delivery method should be used
2. Create and Plan the Project Together With your Entire Team, Don’t Do It Alone
Very important aspects of project management are communication and planning skills. That’s why right from the beginning of the project you need to use them both. You need to gather your team and plan the project together.
Why? Because every member of your team, be it, developer, tester or business analyst, needs to have an exhaustive view on the project.
For the small-term plans to be efficient, they need to be perfectly aligned with the long term plans. Every brick should be placed in its predefined spot, as defined in the original project planning.
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