As a PM (project manager), you can do more than a few things to ensure your team is successful in delivering the project you are working on. Taking complete ownership of the risks, budget, consulting mindset, and timeline are just some of the things to keep in mind.
There is no question that the role of the PM is essential to the success of the project. In fact, this is just as important as insightful QAs and skilled developers. Keep reading for some helpful tips that will ensure you deliver successful projects for each client you serve.
Understand All the Risks
Have you heard of pre-mortem? If you are unfamiliar with this term, it is an exercise where you, along with your client, try to imagine or visualize all the potential doomsday situations for the project before any work is done. Based on this information, you can list the ones that are most likely to occur and then come up with mitigation strategies to avoid or better manage these issues.
Once you have done this, you do not require any complicated or fancy risk-tracking processes or tools. When you understand what may go wrong from the start, you can just figure out how to monitor these issues each day and make it part of the project’s life cycle. Never ignore the risks you named. They may occur, and being able to accept and deal with them can help ensure the project’s success.
Budget Tracking Considerations
For all projects, you must be aware of the money that your client has allocated. This is even more important for projects that have a fixed budget. It is a good idea to consider this budget as your own money and ensure your team feels the same way about it. This will help you make the right decisions for the project.
Work with the PoCs
When it comes to reducing risk for your project, you should work with the development team to create a technical Proof of Concept to understand the direction to develop a specific feature to determine how to approach it and make it viable. This can be thought of as a type of mini project in the bigger project. Once you receive the results, you should assess other risks, too. For example, are you sure you can achieve the goal of the project? If there is a high risk that it will not be possible, will the client be willing to continue? With a PoC, you have an advantage that will also help relieve some of the stress related to uncertainty.
Your Job as a Project Manager
If you are a project manager, there are more than a few factors to consider. You have to take responsibility for the project and ensure things run smoothly. Keep this in mind to help ensure you get the desired results for the project you are working on and exceed your client’s expectations.