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Correct Practices On Project Management: Using 6 Simple Principles That Spell Success

By Julie Alexanders

During an employees’ general meeting, the country director of a multinational company related the story of a swan. The swan, he said, can be emulated when doing project management. As it swims calmly through the water, the swan’s feet are busy propelling underwater.

Project management is the discipline of planning, organising, and managing the company’s resources to bring about the successful completion of a specific project. Companies put emphasis on successful project management because project failures are costly, can sap employees’ morale, and can cause the business to go bankrupt altogether.

Successful project management is not complicated. Here are six simple items to ascertain a project’s success.

Call on a competent project manager. This person works among the members of the project team and ensures necessary steps happen. This person also has the confidence of the investors and stakeholders and can confidently communicate with them. A competent project manager also knows how to work with the team.

Prepare the project plan. Using planning tools such MS Project, create Gantt charts of schedules, milestones, persons assigned, and plot the project. A visual chart serves as a reminder and keeps everyone on tab in terms of project status. Project plans also determine the things to do, budget and persons assigned so that things will proceed smoothly.

Draw up communication paths. Communication is crucial especially in large scale projects that involve employees from various countries and opposite time zones. A clearly established communication path is important to keep the project moving towards a successful finality. In contrast, lack of communication can cause the project to fail altogether.

Stress the “How.” It is not enough to just complete a project. It is more important to know how the project was completed. For example, the project involves evicting informal settlers for a construction job site. A great project management would aim for zero force in the eviction process so that both the informal settlers and the employees working on the project will feel good about their roles. What is accomplished is not as important as how it was done.

Conclude the project. With a capable project manager who sees both the trees and the forest, and a competent manpower compliment who are experts in the processes involved in the project, a project can be ended with success, at the right timeline, and within the given approved budget. Remember to close the project and make a project history of best practices and other important milestone achievements.

Celebrate success. During the project, celebrating critical achievements is important to keep the people’s spirits up. Towards the conclusion of the project, celebrating success is one way to return the favour to the employees.

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Alexanders, Julie "Correct Practices On Project Management: Using 6 Simple Principles That Spell Success." Correct Practices On Project Management: Using 6 Simple Principles That Spell Success. 5 Jul. 2010. uberarticles.com. 8 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/business/internet-and-online/6-key-principles-to-simplified-project-management/>.

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