Secret Sauce of Project Management


As a newly minted PMP (Project Management Professional), one of the best pieces of advice I have been given is understanding that communication is the foundation to managing a successful project.

Before we dive into my communication tips, let's define what is a project.

The official definition of a project according the project management institute is:

A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal.

Let's break this down into everyday life:

  • Fundraisers

  • Food Drives

  • Speaker Series Events/Panels

  • Bootcamps

  • Weddings

  • Campaign

  • Conducting a Workshop

  • Managing Your Own Business

  • Family Vacation

  • Moving to a House or Apartment

  • Creating a Website

I'm sure you have lead any number of the above mentioned projects. In fact, if you could change one thing about the outcome or process of these projects, it would be communication.

Communicating with your team is not:

Assigning Tasks

Yelling

Sending Emails

Leaving Voicemails

Calling a Business Partner/Board Member/ Team Member

Communication when managing a project is the ability to convey your ideas or thoughts to prompt a team to "act," on a specific goal. It's also about the of exchange knowledge, experience, and skills within a team in an efficient manner (email, dropbox, google drive, slack, Asana, ClickUp).

Check out the infographic below on Communication Tips. Comment below on your strategies for effective communication with teams.


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