5 Goals Every Project Management Professional Should Achieve
Project management professionals are responsible for achieving the primary project goals from the initiation to the completion. From managing the teams to managing finances, project managers take the whole responsibility.
While juggling between deadlines, goals, and various time and resources constraints, project managers have to ensure that their current project goes better than the last one. A project manager’s life is very hectic in terms of the goals that they have to achieve. But believe me, nothing makes a project manager happier than seeing his project succeed. Well, it’s not only about their achievements & happiness but about clients & stakeholder’s happiness too. And this happiness is only possible when a project manager does everything perfectly.
This blog will talk about 5 goals every project management professional should aspire to achieve that can, in return, help project managers meet their project goals.
5 Primary Goals of Project Management
1. Keeping The Budget At Forefront
From the very beginning, project managers are taught to keep a strict eye on budgets. Still, due to various challenges, project managers often face difficulties in achieving the results in the pre-defined budgets. It especially happens with new project managers who don’t have much industry exposure. Such project managers should go for PMP certification to hone their skills.
Sometimes, even with top-notch planning, there arise few problems that demand more finances. Still, as a project management professional, it is your responsibility to ensure the budget is adhered to. You need to stay proactive; cut the costs when necessary can help you streamline the costs. Also, keeping a record of the expenses can help you track how much you have spent and how much is left.
Keeping an eye on the baseline budget and being responsive to problems can help you see where the budget doesn’t match the strategy. It will help you identify red flags at an early stage and find ways to complete the project within the funding provided.
2. Think About Time Constraints
Time is one of the biggest constraints project managers face while completing their projects. To tackle this, you have to make sure that each member of your team is meeting their responsibilities on time and in the best possible manner. You may need to be too strict with your team but believe me, it will be worth it when you and your team receive the award for completing the project efficiently that too on time.
But sometimes, a few problems arise that throw a wrench on your plans and prevent even the best project managers from finding the way to complete the job in the allotted time. In those cases, be realistic with the timeline instead of stressing out and raise the request to senior officials for a deadline extension.
3. Be Attenuative To Your Clients
Let us be honest! The client should be your primary concern throughout the project. It is important to keep them at the top of your mind and follow their requests. Be attentive, responsive, and communicative to your clients to make them understand that you are ready to assist them with anything that they may need throughout the project.
You must also meet their expectations and be as transparent as possible.
Your client should feel comfortable with the work that you are doing. It is proven that the more comfortable they feel with the work, the more satisfied they will be at the end of the project. Don’t treat them as clients; treat them as partners, and give them a sense that they are working on that project alongside you.
4. Remember Your Team
Successful team management is one of the main goals of project management. Most project managers get so much wrapped up in the project that they forget that their team has a life beyond work. As the head of the project, your team is your responsibility, and you need to make sure that you don’t stress them out unnecessarily. Give them breaks and the time for refreshment to renew their drive for work.
Often, due to work fatigue, the team’s performance starts falling considerably. And if even after doing everything, their performance is not improving, maybe it’s time to call in reinforcements.
Be a smart project manager and understand when help is needed. Always appreciate your staff and make sure to thank and reward them for their hard work. These small efforts will go a long way and motivate your team to stay productive throughout the project and even further ahead.
5. Adhere To The Project Requirements
Every project has a specific set of requirements that needs to be followed no matter what. Adhering to the project requirements is a primary goal of project management. Ignoring the project requirements can get you in huge trouble and can even cost you your job. Be responsible and understand every aspect of the project better than anyone else on your team.
Use different tools available in the market (like Trello)to keep track of every minute detail because you cannot compromise when it comes to the project requirements. Use these tools to your advantage to make your job a little bit easier with the added technology assistance.
Bonus#1- Communicate On All Levels
Staying in communication with everyone, be it higher-ups or the ground workers, is very important in project management. It gives even minute details about the project’s progress. Furthermore, everyone who is involved in a project deserves to know if they are making any contribution or not. Be on good terms with your subordinates as well as clients and build trust.
Having a good communication spree helps you avoid conflicts and confusion while ensuring that team members are aligned to project goals. And the biggest benefit is that it helps to build team-wide trust and ensures that everyone is working together from start to the end.
Dedicate Yourself to Five Primary Goals of Project Management
In summation, if you dedicate yourself to these five primary goals of project management, you can excel in project management for sure. You will find many problems in your journey, and still, you have to take care of the project effectively and your client regardless of what threats and constraints you face. Dedicate yourself to these goals and make sure that every project you manage thrives in its development.
General Manager – Corporate & International Business at ExcelR Solutions
Certified “Agile CSM, PMP & PRINCE2 , ITIL Expert & Lean Six Sigma Green Belt“ professional with 20 years of experience in Project Management and Service Delivery.