Updated: Jul 29
In 2023 all indications are that the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) business environment we have been experiencing post the pandemic will continue. So what are my top 5 tips for successful project management in 2023
Foster clear and effective communications especially with the stakeholders: Communicate, communicate, communicate but make sure it is effective high concise and gives key information that all stakeholders (internal and external) need to know in an informative and clear way (visually wherever possible). Good communication is key to successful project management. Make sure that everyone on the team is aware of the project goals, progress, and any issues that arise. Regular team meetings and progress reports will help keep everyone informed.
Set clear project goals and objectives: Before starting a project, it is essential to have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Agree and align with your team and stakeholders as to what "done" looks like. This will help ensure that everyone on the team is working towards the same end goal and that the project stays on track.
Stay organized using the right tools: Keep track of all the details of the project, including timelines, milestones, and deliverables. Use project management software to help you & the project team stay organized and on top of things but ensure that you are not buried in too much detail that you can't see the wood for the trees!! We are all suffering from data overload these days...
Work with a flexible team whose skills combine well: I am a big believer in having people in my project team who are flexible and willing to go where the challenges and issues are on the project. I follow this approach myself - modelling that flexibility and can do approach and select key team members who display the same mindset and approach.
Motivate and empower your project team members: In the era of "quietly quitting" and the "Great Resignation" it is important to motivate and empower your team. Invest time in team building and coaching them, listen to their concerns and address them.
In conclusion, successful project management in 2023 will require clear effective communications, understanding of project goals and objectives & what done looks like, a project plan, organization and investment in your project team. By following these tips, you can increase the chances of success of your project and ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently.