How to be a Proactive Project Manager

Adriana Girdler

Things every proactive project manager does! The difference between running a successful project versus a project that fails is your proactiveness as a project manager. …

Things every proactive project manager does!

The difference between running a successful project versus a project that fails is your proactiveness as a project manager. Being proactive can truly make or break your project.

But what does it really mean to be a proactive project manager?

Here are a few ways you can ensure you’re proactive and not reactive as a PM.

Create a Priority Matrix

A priority matrix is one of the most amazing tools in project management that keeps you proactive.

On every project, there will be people looking to change your scope, increase your timing, take away budget, or whatever other changes it may be. The priority matrix is a really powerful tool to ensure your project priorities remain in the right place and to keep things on track.

Implement Change Control Forms

Change control forms are a helpful tool to ensure that you’re not making changes to your project without really thinking it through and then letting your project get derailed.

I love implementing change control forms because often, when someone is asked to fill out a change control form for changes they want to make, suddenly they decide it’s not important enough.

For the times when it is important enough for them to fill out a change control form, you now have all the details about the change they’re requesting, and you can be proactive in deciding the best way forward.

More tips on being proactive as a project manager

I have several more tips on how to be proactive as a project manager. Head over to my YouTube channel and we’ll keep chatting about this there!

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Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of SLAY Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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