In order to initiate, execute and control a series of events and attain a goal, project management depends on a team. Working in a project management team can imply that no individual is fully responsible for a certain task. But how do you make your project management abilities stand out?
- Create a project schedule
Use online project management tools like Gantt Chart, Kanban board and Scrum board to track project schedules and show the dependencies between tasks. Many project management teams use the agile project management methodology, which is characterised by trust, adaptability, cooperation, and empowering behaviours. So, you must prioritise each goal in terms of importance. You can take it one step further by regularly re-evaluating the project’s priorities to help your team find and tackle any challenges that could hinder on-time delivery.
- Follow up, follow up, and repeat
Take the time to communicate and understand what your colleagues are capable of and delegate tasks wisely. You must be prepared for organisational problems and handle challenges in a positive and flexible yet solutions-driven way.
- Take the initiative
Initiating an idea is great but following through on it is what will truly demonstrate your project management abilities. Anyone can keep a track record of the work being done, use templates and ensure meetings stick to the agenda, but it’s the doers who stand out.
- Respect deadlines
As a consultant, you must have a strong working relationship with deadlines. Delivering on time is one of the key differences between an excellent consultant and a mediocre one. You want to build a reputation for delivering on time because if everything else is equal when vying for work and the other consultants are renowned for delivering on time and you aren’t, you can be quite certain of the outcome.
- Make room for more
Remember why you’re there as part of the project. You need to stay focused on the project in hand and deliver what you’ve been contracted to do.