29 Jun Project Management for Dummies in 5 Steps
Project management can be tough to get a handle on. There are so many ‘do’s and don’ts’ that it becomes confusing. Let’s bring it back to basics – to where project management starts.
1. Project Conception and Managing Expectations
The first phase of project management is the ideation stage. This is the stage where you develop familiarity with your concept and refine your idea. This should include clarifying goals and getting familiar with your audience. It is also important to develop the game plan – or the site map – to see how the overall goal can be achieved.
2. Project Planning
Once you have carved a goal for yourself and your team, the next step is to consider the logistics. This stage includes timelines, job roles and developing a budget. All of this should be planned in writing with a detailed schedule for the team to follow. Remember to keep everyone’s eyes on the prize.
3. Working towards a Project Launch
Now that you have the skeletal structure of the project, the real work begins. Distribute tasks to different members of the team and get them going. The key is to ensure that the shared goal remains the focal point.
4. Managing Project Performance
If the project is your baby it is important that you keep your finger on the pulse. Keep in time with the schedule and make adjustments when necessary. Stick to your deadlines. Make sure everyone stays on board with weekly (or daily) meetings where you monitor progress and discuss challenges. This is often the most tricky part of the project. Most importantly: keep your team motivated.
5. Bringing your project to a close
This stage is the most important – it’s bringing all the elements together. Once the project is complete, it needs careful evaluation. This can also act as a useful learning curve – to determine what worked and what didn’t.
Projects will differ in lengths and topics, but these five simple steps can act as a starting point.