Project Management Basics for Beginners: 13 Simple Project Management Tips
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Project Management Basics for Beginners: 13 Simple Project Management Tips


[Music Intro]>>Hello. I’m Jennifer Whit, Director of ProjectManager.com.
Welcome to our whiteboard session today on about PM, Project Management for Beginners.
So whether you are an accidental project manager, someone who just accidentally fell into the
profession or someone who is an intentional project manager, someone who’s been planning
in advance, and preparing, and studying for project management. So these are 13 keys that someone shared with
me when I initially started project management and I wanted to share them with you. I’ve
always found them helpful and I’ve always kept them in hand. Number one; know the definition of a project.
So many times there are certain things that are going on that are project related versus
operations, they’re operationally related. So knowing the difference between the two
and tracking the project related activities with the project and not intermingling in
the operational aspects. Number two: understanding the project lifecycle
and associated deliverables. There are many different references that you can go to. You
can actually Google these terms or you can go to the Project Management Institute and
they have a project management body of knowledge that has this defined. Number three: it’s important to keep things
simple. I mean, a lot of projects are complex, but if you keep things simple, well, after
all it just makes it simple. There is something to be said for making complex projects simple. Number four: seek help. If you’re stuck on
something, instead of remaining stuck and seeking out help, just go ahead and seek out
help so you don’t become a bottle neck for your own project. And ask questions, I know
when I started there were two people that I sought out that I asked any kind of questions.
I just sat and I asked the same kind of questions over and over and over until I got it. So
it’s important to go ahead and ask questions, get clarification, get the support that you
need while you need it at that time. Number six: enlist your mentors. I think it’s
important to have mentors. I still today have my list of mentors who helped me in different
areas. So find one that can help you, not only mentor you with your project related
activities, but maybe mentor you in the organization or the type of project that you’re doing. Number seven: Identify your go to people.
So always on my teams and in my organizations or even the stakeholders or the customer’s
organizations, I find my go-to people. Those are the people that I know I can go to and
always get information I need, the support or escalation or any kind of information that
I need. Those are my go to people. Number eight: respect your team. I mean you
team can literally make you or break you, so if you disrespect your team they’re going
to disrespect you. You’re going to lose loyalty and you do need your team to get things done. Number nine: listen to your customers and
your stakeholders. They’ll be the ones who will give you information that you may not
as the project manager be able to receive. They get important information about the market
their serving, their customers, their organization, different inputs that need to go in and continually
be assessed and incorporated into your project. Number ten: discern input. Sometimes coming
in new to a project people may see you on your team as, “ah there’s the new project
manager” and they may try to slip things by you or see how much you know. And they may
provide you input into maybe estimates or statuses. So be able to discern what people
are telling you and get a gut feel, if it seems accurate or not. If it doesn’t, again,
go back and ask questions and seek more details. Number eleven: leverage templates. If you
don’t have any templates it’s important to create some. There are many sources for project
management templates today. You can find them probably within your organization or definitely
access different sources on the internet. Also number twelve: prepare yourself. It’s
important before everything you do is preparing yourself. Prepare yourself for team meetings
or any kind of meetings you have, prepare yourself for any presentations you’re going
to give, prepare yourself for the day. Prepare yourself for the project. Know what project
is this, what is the business objective? Who are the team members, knowing anything specifically
about the project? So you can never prepare too much. So prepare yourself for the project
and the type of people in the organization you’re serving. And number thirteen: plan. Just continue to
plan, plan, plan, always plan what you’re doing instead of going in improve or unprepared
for your project. So those are some of the thirteen keys that
someone gave me early on and I still keep those in hand today and I hope they’ll help
you too with your projects coming in as a beginner in project management. So if you’re a beginner starting into project
management and you need any tips, tools or techniques or better yet project management
software, then sign up for our software at ProjectManager.com

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    Just wondering, if you did a degree in project management. Are you still able to get into the construction industry? Or would you need to do more off a degree that is relevant to the field? Common sense says construction project management. However I have know experience nor any pre – requisites that will allow me into construction project management. I do not want to go back to studying 3 to 4 years, just my preference. I understand that there are no two ways about it. If I was to do a post graduate diploma in project management, that I can obtain in a year vs. 3 or 4. Cut to the chase I want to get into the construction side of things via project management. Does that make sense?

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