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How to Improve your Project Management Skills [Guest Post]

June 12, 2017 by

In most instances, the best way to improve your project management skills is to dive into a project and experience successes and fails first-hand.

However, if you feel as though you have reached a point where your progress has stagnated and you want to take your project management to the next level, there are a few ways in which you can give your project management skills a bit of a boost.

 

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How to Improve your Project Management Skills

1. Engage the team regularly

With only half of the information available, you can only do half a job. In order to more effectively manage a project and a team, you should engage with them regularly through meetings and stand-ups. In these meetings, you review the progress of the project – what’s been done, what’s being done, and what needs to be done – and address any questions or issues that you or the team may have about the project.

Make sure you stay on topic in these meetings and spend a couple of minutes to allow each person to tell the rest of the team what they have on their agenda for the day.

This ensures that not only are you up to date on what’s going on in the project but so is everyone else on the team as well. Keeping in touch is a good habit to get used to and even using instant messenger and chat programs like Skype or Facebook will help you keep track of what’s going on.

With regular insight, you can plan more effectively and check the project as it develops rather than coming back and amending errors once it has been completed.

 

2. Learn from your projects

After a project has been completed, don’t just file it away to collect dust. Old projects – especially ones that didn’t go as planned – can be valuable learning resources to help you strengthen your project management skills.

At the end of the project, take the time to look over it and the relevant documents and consider what you might have done differently if you had a second chance and what decisions you would still stand by today.

By doing this, you can start to figure out better ways of handling situations and stop yourself from repeating similar mistakes in your future projects.

 

3. Study successful project management methodologies

Methodologies and frameworks play a big part in modern project management techniques and there are so many out there to help you hone your skills and develop your own strategies. They teach you how to plan, how to coordinate, how to communicate and how to generally manage a team and project using certain techniques and programs.

Before you jump into learning, however, you can research which methodology might be right for you according to your industry and the way that your projects are organized.

Collaborative Project Management, for example, is a framework that is useful for cross-functional teams that require strong teamwork to complete projects, which can be learned with BrightWork. Otherwise, if your team needs strong leadership and a highly structured environment, then PRINCE2 may be more your style.

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4. Utilize project management software

Technology can be your best friend if you know how to make the most of it. With effective project management software at your disposal, you can more efficiently monitor and control the tasks within your project as well as collaborate with your team and check on progress.

With the right tools, your project will be a lot easier to keep track of, which means that you can expend more energy on and time on finer details that might otherwise get lost in a sea of paperwork.

 

Guest Author Bio

Damien Troy is an influential and versatile writer, who has experience writing across a broad range of industries and subjects. Drawing from personal experiences alongside industry knowledge and thorough research, Troy’s writing is insightful and passionate. When not behind a keyboard or notepad and pen, Troy is traveling the world, taking in new cultures and experiences.

 

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