Here are the simple strategies to follow and become successful in the field of project management. Along with the technical skills, following some of the basic principles will lead you to succeed in the project management career. 

  1. Ask the right set of questions
  2. Tenacity
  3. Always cover the topics in breadth instead of depth.
  4. Broadcast the right set of information to the right audience
  5. Collaborative work with the cross-functional team
  1. Ask the right set of questions –
    There are no right or wrong questions, but it is essential to ask the questions upright rather than assuming them.
    It may be with your feature team, with the dev engineers or QA engineers asking questions, and getting all the required details right is the key.
    It doesn’t apply within the internal team, sometimes asking the right questions to your customers can also avoid confusion/ miscommunication and keep them happy.
  2. Tenacity – The quality of following up and drawing any project to its finish line is always greatly appreciated. To hold yourself accountable & driving your project from its initiation phase right until the release phase is a key trait of a PM.
  3. Always cover the topics in breadth instead of depth – For a PM, it’s necessary to cover all the aspects of the project such as –
    a) Development
    b)Validation
    c) Deployment on the internal environments
    d) Delivery of the software to the clients
    e) Documentation
    f) Marketing timelines
    g) GA timeline
    h) Project schedules.

    The PM should manage the projects so that all the necessary information is available to judge the project timeline & deliver it on the committed timeframe at the same time, not deep dive into any one aspect, and not slip on the rest of the other elements.
    It’s good to step back a level above and cover the broad spectrum of the project.
  4. Broadcast the right set of information to the right audience
    Focus on the targeted audience during the communication of any project-related information.
    Everyone doesn’t need to know everything, meaning it’s always appreciated when you keep your communication concise, precise, and targeted towards your audience. For example, the execs don’t need all the minor level task breakdown details simultaneously; most of your engineers might not be satisfied if you give them a high-level overview and not get into the details of the issue.
    Always try keeping your communication targeted depending on the audience that you address.
  5. Collaborative work with the cross-functional team – Working collaboratively with multiple teams is very important.
    a) It shows the team spirit
    b) How we cope with each other
    c) Have a difference of opinions, still choose the best of solutions and work together to put the best of product out there and stand as a team in front of our customers.
    It comes with its challenges for a PM to handle it in the right way. But most of us often pull it off with the help of working with a fantastic team.

 

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