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Management Matters: is a New Article series dealing with the issues that arise when managing personnel and how to optimize your current staff in a company.


How to Manage a Project

October 1st, 2008


With Project Managers heading up our own executive search processes, we know the essential role the Project Manager plays in determining the outcome of a project. The Project Manager is ultimately responsible for the project and held accountable for the outcome. A Project Manager needs to be organized, clear, knowledgeable, and progressive. “How to Manage a Project” by John Reh offers 13 recommendations on how to manage a project:


Bullet Arrow Define the Scope
Bullet Arrow Determine Available Resources
Bullet Arrow Check the Timeline
Bullet Arrow Assemble Your Project Team
Bullet Arrow List the Big Steps
Bullet Arrow List the Smaller Steps
Bullet Arrow Develop a Preliminary Plan
Bullet Arrow Create Your Baseline Plan
Bullet Arrow Request Project Adjustments
Bullet Arrow Work Your Plan, But Don't Die For It
Bullet Arrow Monitor Your Team's Progress
Bullet Arrow Document Everything
Bullet Arrow Keep Everyone Informed


When managing a project the leader needs to execute direction to all team members in order to give them clear job duties and deadlines; the whole group needs to be informed of the goals, deadlines, and projected outcome. The optimal work environment is created by the Project Manager to produce team members comfortable and confident to express their concerns and ideas. The Project Manager needs to know who is working on which sections of the project and offer guidance and feedback along the way. The Project Manager is responsible for maintaining and keeping the team focused on the big picture for the project.


Although the task of a Project Manager may seem daunting by the expectations put on them, there is great reward in the managing position. When you have a hardworking team contributes to the project, you can have a smooth flowing process that delivers quality results.



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