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5 New Year Resolutions Every Project Manager Should Make and Keep

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It's beginning of the new year and we make grand resolutions that we would fail to achieve. Studies show that by the end of the year only 10% of the people will keep their New Year resolutions. Don't make overarching goals which will be unachievable. I use SMART goal setting:

S - specific

M - measurable

A - achievable

R - realistic

T - time-bound

 

Here are my 5 Project Management Resolutions for your New Year:

Stay Healthy

Learn About Your Team

Communicate More

Provide Business Value

Celebrate Wins

 

Stay Healthy

Staying physical and mentally healthy is not just important for your job but for your life as well. Eat right - more fish, nuts and berries. Coffee - last call before 2pm so as not to interfere with your deep sleep. Hydrate - drink water throughout the day. Exercise - do muscle straightening as well as cardio. Turn off all electronics at least 1 hour before sleep. You'll have better concentration, you will be more creativity and productive the following day.

 

Learn About Your Team

Over the course of the project you will be asking your team to perform tasks so that the project gets completed. What I like to do before the project starts is get to know each person on an individual basis. We all have strengths and weaknesses. I like to help each one on my team to improve on their weaknesses and get their strength to the next level. Have conversations with each member of your team. Observe their behaviors. Are they an introvert or an extrovert. Are they a problem solver or someone who needs a little push.

 

Communicate More

In overseeing programs and portfolios, I find that most project managers only report things that are going well fearing the "shoot the messenger" blow back. What I tell them is: give me the good, bad, and the ugly. That way I can help them break down obstacles that are in their way.  Other project owners will do the same. That's our job.  Your project owners are looking for ways to help you and will help you remove roadblocks and provide guidance.

 

Provide Business Value

You finish your projects on time, within scope and within timeframe, as well as with the right quality. All too often focusing on the output without understanding why. You need to understand how your project contributes to the overall business. That way you can make better decisions and recommendations during the execution of the project.

If you understand the outcome what the project will provide, you will contribute to the business value over the course of the project and not just complete the project successfully. Look at the bigger picture. And ask a simple question: Why? Why are we doing this project?

 

Celebrate Wins

Have you ever noticed how the minute you accomplish one thing you scratch it of your list and go to the next task? You become a robot doing a task after task after task.

Celebrating individual and team achievement, large or small, during your project. Provide a meaning, remind the team of the reason for what they have done and accomplished. A simple "Thank You" through the day goes a long way in motivating your team and letting them know that their work matters.

 

Let me know about your New Year Resolution.

Posted on: January 08, 2022 10:56 AM | Permalink

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Dear Igor
Very interesting theme that brought to our reflection and debate
Curious are the "my 5 Project Management Resolutions for your New Year"
I take this opportunity to wish that the year 2022 will bring you the fulfillment of your dreams and that you will be able to achieve your goals (smart)

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