Objectives of a Successful Project Manager

Adriana Girdler

Essential priorities every project manager needs to know! Are you a new project manager or thinking about becoming a project manager? It’s important to know …

Essential priorities every project manager needs to know!

Are you a new project manager or thinking about becoming a project manager? It’s important to know exactly what you ought to focus on in your new role.

Successful project managers know what to focus their energy on so that they don’t get lost amid the chaos and challenges that a project can bring. Here are a few essential priorities every project manager must have!

Set the standard for team communication and collaboration

Communication is critical to project teams. Everyone must be on the same page and know what’s going on. So, as a project manager, it’s your job to establish expectations for communication and collaboration.

An example of this?

Consider having all your documentation in a central location. This makes it easy for your team to stay on-track. Also, over-communicate a little and check in with your team to ensure they have all the information they need. This goes a long way!

Ensure the project is strategically aligned to organizational goals

Don’t lose sight of organizational objectives, goals and strategies as you carry out the project. Connecting to these goals ensures you stay on track and keeps your team motivated because they understand WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. It also ensures that you’re on the same page with senior executives and what they want to do.

Manage time

Time is a big component of projects. You have a start and end date and need to make sure you’re on track. So, stay on top of your calendars and schedules, and ensure your team is on track.

Managing risk is also a huge part of this! Make sure you plan for risks and have contingency and mitigation plans in place for when challenges arise.

Other important objectives of a project manager

There are a few more project manager objectives that you need to understand if you want to ensure success on your projects. There’s a lot to be said about things like budget, scope, adaptability, and continuous improvement. It’s a lot to get into here, so I’ve created a video that dives into these objectives in more detail so that you can make sure you’re equipped to handle any project, any day!

Head on over to YouTube with me and we’ll keep talking about it there!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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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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