May 2010 - Project Management Tips: The 5 Goals of a Project Manager
Project Management Tips
By Jason Westland
As a Project Manager, you need to manage people, money, suppliers, equipment-the list is never ending. The trick is to be focused.
Set yourself 5 personal goals to achieve. If you can meet these simple goals for each project, then you will achieve total success. So read on, to learn . . .
The 5 Goals of a Project Manager
These goals are generic to all industries and all types of projects.
Regardless of your level of experience in project management, set these 5 goals for every project you manage.
Goal 1: To finish on time
This is the oldest but trickiest goal in the book.
It's the most difficult because the requirements often change during the project and the schedule was probably optimistic in the first place.
Goal 2: To finish under budget
To make sure that your project costs don't spiral, you need to set a project budget at the start to compare against.
Include in this budget, all of the types of project costs that will accrue, whether they are to do with people, equipment, suppliers or materials. Then work out how much each task in your plan is going to cost to complete and track any deviations from this plan.
Make sure that if you over-spend on some tasks, that you under-spend on others. In this way, you can control your spending and deliver under budget.
Goal 3: To meet the requirements
The goal here is to meet the requirements that were set for the project at the start. Whether the requirements were to install a new IT system, build a bridge or implement new processes, your project needs to produce solutions that meet these requirements 100%.
The trick here is to make sure that you have a detailed enough set of requirements at the beginning.
If they are ambiguous in any way, then what was initially seen as a small piece of work could become huge, taking up valuable time and resources to complete.
Goal 4: To keep customers happy
You could finish your project on time, under budget and have met 100% of the requirements-but still have unhappy customers. This is usually because their expectations have changed since the project started and have not been properly managed.
To ensure that your project sponsor, customer and other stakeholders are happy at the end of your project, you need to manage their expectations carefully.
Goal 5: To ensure a happy team
If you can do all of this with a happy team, then you'll be more than willing to do it all again for the next project. And that's how your staff will feel also.
And there you have it. The 5 goals you need to set yourself for every project.
Of course, you should always work smart to achieve these goals more easily.
About the author: Copyright 2010 © Jason Westland, all rights reserved. Used with permission of the author. Jason Westland, CEO of Project Manager Online Ltd, has 15 years experience in the project management industry. From his experience, he has created software to help speed up the management process. If you would like to find out more information about Jason's online project management software, visit ProjectPlan.com (software) or ProjectManager.com (online project management subscription service)
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