By Ran Berger, Flat Rock CEO
So, you started your project, you chose your supplier, set up an internal project team and you are all ready to go. We all know that it is not that simple to deliver and to complete projects on time, quality and budget. So what can we really do beyond the technical and methodical activities of the project delivery lifecycle? How can we make this happen? How can we work in collaboration with our chosen supplier (I prefer the term partner)?
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Project managers are the driving force behind a project, it is their job to navigate it, control and monitor it and to make sure that the process follows the initial plan, all the parties are aware of the stages and deadlines and the quality delivered corresponds to the given task and timeframe. To be a PM demands some specific personal and professional qualities that not only need to be possessed but developed as well.
Project managers are an integral part of any company that values client relationships, smooth and effective information flow and successful communication. They are both mediators and propellers, at the same time pushing and easing the work process between all project participants.
Sometimes our workdays are so stressful and busy that we do not have time to grab a coffee or a small snack. We feel frustrated that there is not enough time to finish all the tasks and our growling stomach and pounding headache are just plain annoying. We stay at work until late or go to work early so we do not miss the dreadful deadline. All this stress is sometimes clouding our judgment, time management and perceptions of the work process. Sure, we can work under pressure and also we love the excitement it brings but in most cases, it is counter-productive and may result in a burnout.
By Peter Taylor, author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’
How should new project managers learn from the ‘Old beans’?
When my kids were young they loved to play one particular game at the annual birthday parties. This game involved ‘Beans’ – all of the kids standing ready and waiting for instructions and then the cry would go up of ‘Beans’ and the game would begin.