Top Project Manager Tips for Non-Project Managers

Adriana Girdler

How to execute projects on time and on budget without Project Manager experience Even if you don’t carry the title “Project Manager,” professionals from all …

How to execute projects on time and on budget without Project Manager experience

Even if you don’t carry the title “Project Manager,” professionals from all backgrounds are expected to execute projects on time and on budget.

Project management is not just for project managers!

Let’s talk about some key tips for non-project managers that will ensure you’re successful on every project you run.

Know when you’re running a project

Most people run projects without realizing they’re running a project and then wonder why things aren’t going well.

A lot of times, people just don’t understand what a project is. There’s a common misunderstanding that projects always have to be these huge, complex initiatives with multi-layered teams and huge deliverables. But that’s not necessarily true.

So, what is a project?

A project is an activity that has a definitive start and end, with tasks that will achieve a specific deliverable within a selective time frame.

After hearing that definition, most people realize that they actually DO run projects!

Understand the deliverable

You need to know exactly what you’re doing and understand your deliverable, right from the beginning stages.

By understanding why you’re doing the project, what’s expected from you, and who you’re going to need, you’re able to define the whole project properly. This will help you with the end result of the project, which is the deliverable.

When you’re really clear on all these details, you’re on the right track to succeed.

If you’re not, then it becomes much easier for the project to fail because you’re not totally clear on what needs to occur.

More project management tips

These aren’t the only project management tips I want you to know. I’ve created a whole video that goes into more detail about some essential aspects of project management that you need to know to run any successful project, so head on over to YouTube with me and let’s chat more about it!

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project and excelling in your career, 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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