There are many ways to become a project manager. There’s the structured and linear path, like any other professional, with a straight line from education to certification and a position in the field.
But project management is unique as there’s not one entry into the industry. Many find themselves thrown into leading a project without any prior experience. These “accidental project managers” are expected to run a successful project without having done so before.
Of course, they probably do have some experience without knowing it. Projects, after all, are merely work with a beginning, middle and end that result in some product or service. Making dinner is a project. We’ve all done it, but that doesn’t mean we instinctively know how to do it well.
Thankfully, there are a ton of resources to help both the experienced project manager and the novice alike. ProjectManager.com has become an industry hub for project management, with project manager training that include free tutorial videos, which address all aspects of the business.
Let’s look at a sampling, divided up into specific topics.
Agile Project Management in 3 Minutes (approximately)
This is a bit of a controversial choice. Agile was first created in software development, where they’re dealing with a lot of changes over a short period of time. Since then, though, Agile has been applied to almost every industry project you can think of. But some people get upset when it’s defined as a methodology, rather than an approach to managing a project. You decided what is most accurate.
What Goes Into a Project Plan?
Before you can start a project, you must have a plan. That means understanding the large picture, such as scope, time, cost and quality. Then you can get down to more nitty-gritty subjects, such as the budget, risks and changes and your resources. Start with an overview and then dive down into details.
10 Things Commonly Overlooked When Creating a Project Plan
Planning a project can become very complicated. There is so much you must consider, including trying to figure out the risks that might arise over the course of the project and how to resolve them. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something, that’s where project manager courses like ours come in handy. You can always look back on tutorials such as this one, which highlight some of the areas you might have neglected, such as procurement, training and legal stuff.
What Is Project Scheduling?
Don’t be afraid to ask any question, no matter how obvious you might think it is. That’s how you learn, and most people rest too securely on received knowledge without giving it the due diligence of researching and questioning. In a nutshell, when scheduling a project, you want to figure out what must be done, who needs to do it and how long it will take. Seems simple, but it’s not.
Get a Realistic Schedule
If your schedule is too ambiguous or too slack, there’s going to be trouble. But there are things you can do to make sure the schedule you make is doable. First, get reliable estimates. Then, breakdown your tasks and add them to the schedule. Finally, always plan for contingency. Things change, constantly, and if you’re not prepared to adapt to that change it’s going to take your project down.
5 Task Management Tips for Your Team
Managing tasks is key to keeping your project on schedule. Some of the ways to keep those tasks moving forward is to prioritize. There’s always some tasks that can be held, while others demand immediate attention. With software tool you can set automated notifications to keep teams aware of impending deadlines and avoid having the project fail.
10 Tips for Better Task Management
The first thing to do when beginning a project is to break up the large into the small. Start by creating milestones, which mark major phases of the project, and then break those milestones into small tasks. Suddenly, the insurmountable feels doable. Now set those expectations with your team, create boundaries and find a quiet place to get your work done.
Secrets to Better Status Reports
No matter how good you think your status reporting skills are, they can always be improved. That’s why project manager courses are great training for people who’ve run hundreds of projects or those who are leading their first. Some of the tools that can help you create better status reports include real-time data, printed reports, raw numbers and strong visual representation.
6 Steps to Impactful Status Reports
The whole point of a status report is to make an impact on the target audience. You want your stakeholders pleased with your performance, not constantly knocking on your door because they’re unsure you’re being productive. That’s why the status report is so import. You can be doing a great job, but without communicating that information clearly, no one will know. These six steps will make sure you get the right information to the right people in the right way.
ProjectManager.com is not only a great resource for project managers, both new to the field and established, looking for free training. We’re also a fantastic project management software tool, with real-time data to accurately inform every phase of your project. See how it can help you apply what you’ve learned on our site by taking this free 30-day trial.