While many project managers (PMs) use similar project methodology, every PM brings his or her own management style to work every day. This personal ethos is often what makes the difference between a good PM and a great PM. We asked 10 members of our team what rule they live by when it comes to making a project successful.
"People over-process a product. When you focus on the people, it leads to the best outcome."
"Transparency: in what we're doing as a team, what I'm doing as a PM, any issues, expectations, etc."
"'Making people do something is far less effective long-term than including them in the process so they choose to be a part. It takes a leader with emotional intelligence and self-assurance and it takes more time, but the results are far better."
"Always make sure your actions are linked to the objectives you are trying to achieve. Activity doesn't always mean results!"
"Accountability begins and ends with you. You set the tone for the project and the team's accountability through your own actions."
"Continuously check in with stakeholders. There are always unexpected events on a project; the earlier you find out about it, you give yourself a better chance to correct the issue."
"Assuming makes an ass of you and me. Don't assume that people know something (even if they should). A quick check-in can save you a lot of trouble down the road."
RAQUEL "ROCKY" BENITO
"Be personable. As a project manager, you work with people of varying backgrounds, skills, and personalities. Being a personable and approachable PM enables open communication and ultimately, success, for your project."
"Plan the work; work the plan. It's hard to achieve success in chaos without a plan that is organized, high-level, and detailed."
"Always know what you are aiming for and what is not a part of the project. Visualize what success looks like and then design the steps to get there."