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.
About.com “How to Manage a Project” by John Reh offers 13 recommendations on how to manage a project:
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.
Blue Hat: The Blue Hat stands for process control. This is the hat worn by people chairing meetings. When running into difficulties because ideas are running dry, they may direct activity into Green Hat thinking. When contingency plans are needed, they will ask for Black Hat thinking, and so on.
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