Getting a project wrong can be more than just annoying, it can be a disaster for all involved. Having famous people on board can make things worse as expectations will be high. Are you strong enough to know when to pull the plug and admit things aren't going to plan?
Unless you’ve literally just returned from a trip around the galaxy (or maybe to a comet), you’ll notice that Christmas is just around the corner. The shops are filling up with toys, tinsel and sweets and everywhere you go, even in Florida; there’s suddenly a lot of snow.
Many Project Bubble users are individuals cutting their way through the entrepreneurial jungle hoping to release themselves from the shackles of work-a-day life. Working for yourself is seen as both the ultimate way to gain freedom as well as a quick route to burn-out and so it’s important to keep a level head.
Information comes at us from all angles and it’s sometimes difficult to know where to turn as we’re dealing with more and more tasks. As a small business owner we have to deal with all kinds of things, not just a particular client’s work, but maybe the accounts or invoicing or even buying software. Either way, it’s essential to keep track of things, plan the day and also make sure you acknowledge when things are done.
As a project manager, one of the most difficult situations to handle can be the late delivery of a project. It will happen to most managers during their career but handling it well can keep the client on your side and lead to a successful completion.
No matter how well you plan or run a project, sometimes you simply cannot avoid the fact that the project is going to run past the deadline. In most cases, however, late delivery is not the end of the world, it just depends on how you handle it. Handle it well and the customer will understand and be sympathetic to the reasons behind the delay, get it wrong and you could have a few tough meetings ahead.
Project managers have a very stressful job to do. They have to manage expectations, deadlines, staff problems, budget, time-line, and of course they do have a life outside of the job too. Importantly, the project manager is often the most powerful and valuable resource on a project. They are trained and skilled in spotting issues before they arise and know how to manage problems to deliver with the best outcome.
So what can you do to keep your project manager happy and keep them on-side?