Tips for New Project Managers to Lead You to Success

Adriana Girdler

Things you need to know if you want to be successful as a first-time project manager Congratulations, you’re a new project manager! Being a project …

Things you need to know if you want to be successful as a first-time project manager

Congratulations, you’re a new project manager!

Being a project manager is an awesome role, but it’s also one with lots of responsibilities that may feel daunting.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! There are a few simple tips you can follow as a new project manager that will allow you to succeed with flying colours.

Know Your Customer

As a new project manager, this can sometimes get lost because you’re so focused on your plan for the project.

You need to understand that the most important stakeholder you have to consider is your customer: the person receiving the end deliverable which your project is in the process of creating.

Bring your customer through the journey. Take the time to understand their vision, mission, and goals.

It’s not just about getting your team to move forward with tasks and documents, but really about why you’re doing the project in the first place and what your customer’s needs and expectations are.

Know Your Team

Just like knowing your customer, you need to know your team well.

You are not in isolation on your project – you’ve got a team that’s executing! You need to know their strengths and weaknesses to make it a close-knit group where you can rely on each other.

Knowing your team is most important when challenges arise on the project, because that’s when the team rises up together. This will happen a lot more if they really know each other well and know how to collaborate effectively.

So, make it a priority to know your team!

More New Project Manager Tips

These aren’t the only tips you need to know as a new project manager. There are a few other important pieces of advice that will set you up for success. If you’re a first-time project manager, make sure you head over to YouTube with me so we can keep talking about how to be successful on your projects!

Plus, if you really are committed to mastering project management, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project. You’ll 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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