One of the things that we specialize in here at RedSky is project management, and we want to help you get better results from your projects. In our experience, one of the best ways to improve your results in anything is to look at common pitfalls, and then take steps to avoid falling into them yourself. In this article, we will go over some common mistakes that we have seen when it comes to project management, as well as how you can avoid them.
- Assigning Inexperienced People- One mistake that many teams make when it comes to project management is to assign people to roles and tasks that they simply lack the experience to handle. For example, placing someone new to project management in the role of management is a recipe for disaster. In addition, you should always make sure your team has the necessary skills to complete every task that the project will involve.
- Not Listening to Your Team- On the flip side, it’s a mistake not to respect the experience of your team members or to discount their ideas and suggestions. A key to successful project management is to trust your team members and their skills, and to take advantage of their insight and ideas.
- Failure to Communicate- A third mistake that people tend to make regarding project management is not communicating with their team. This often starts right at the beginning of a project, when managers fail to communicate key information such as who is assigned to what responsibilities, as well as things like milestones and deadlines. To avoid this, make sure everyone understands their duties, and then check in periodically to see how everyone is progressing.