How to avoid the most common project management mistakes

How to avoid the most common project management mistakes

calendar 2018-01-10 time 4 min READ Jacob Haney

Project management, done the right way is essential in business. No matter if you have a project manager or you do this on your own. Proper project management can help you be more efficient, make the most out of your resources and increase your profits. This is how your business will grow and you will be able to expand your incentives.

Additionally, a business organization that gets things done on time is taken more seriously. Stakeholders, clients, and partners will be willing to expand their relationship with that kind of company. Still, a lot of organizations make the same project management mistakes over and over again no matter how silly it may sound.

Don’t be one of those people and make sure that you avoid these things when managing projects.

Taking all of the work upon yourself

In most cases, business owners and managers alike start off with managing projects that are simpler and smaller. As time passes by, projects start to become larger and more complex. No matter how much experience and knowledge you’ve gathered over time, you will simply reach a point where you won’t be able to manage every project by yourself.

The scope of a project simply becomes so large that you won’t be able to keep an eye on everything and check all the work that everyone involved is doing. At some point, you will have to give something up and delegate project management tasks to other people.

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Manage the core aspects of your projects but delegate smaller ones to your best employees and have them report back to you on the progress. Additionally, learn to let go after you give people detailed instructions on what they need to do and by when.

Not making project plans

One of the most common mistakes is to go through a project without a plan in store for it. By doing this, you are putting your project at risk of losing its course and wandering away from your goals.

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You need to have a plan that has the schedule and timeline of your project. This is how you and your team members can always get reminded of what comes next. And see how well you are performing.

Additionally, as projects progress, you might learn new important factors that affect the overall expectancy and you will have to update the plan and add new, relevant business factors that need to be taken care of. This is how you will make a more realistic projection, do a better job and ensure that you haven’t overlooked anything important.

Not communicating

If there is a project, it usually means that there are multiple people involved. In order to be successful in executing your goals, you need to communicate amongst yourselves properly. This means that everyone needs to be on the same page and update each other on a regular basis. By setting up a plan with details, everyone will know when they have something important to share with others.

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Missing a single piece of information could lead to mistakes that might grow out of proportion and set your project back. You need to create effective communication channels through which everyone working on a single project can communicate, share information, collaborate, discuss new steps, and so on.

Additionally, you can also update your clients, stakeholders, and partners on the progress and get feedback that everyone can see. This kind of transparency and will make your project management better on so many levels.

As a final tip, make sure that you use a project management system. These platforms make project management so much easier and help people that work on projects do their tasks more effectively. Using notes and paper is outdated, most definitely.


About the author:

Jacob Haney is a content marketer presently working with Research Optimus, a business research outsourcing company. A writer by day and a reader by night, he is loathed to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.