What Every New Project Manager Should Know

Adriana Girdler

Tips that will make your life WAY easier as a new project manager! Are you a new project manager eager to learn quick and simple …

Tips that will make your life WAY easier as a new project manager!

Are you a new project manager eager to learn quick and simple tips that will make your role as a PM so much smoother? There are a few things you can do as a new project manager to get comfortable in your role quicker and ensure that your projects are successful.

As a project manager for over 20+ years, I’ve seen new project managers step into their role and struggle simply because nobody told them the simple tips they needed to know to be successful from the get-go.

So, let’s talk about it.

1. Don’t just be task oriented

I’ve seen lots of projects fail from project managers who are task-oriented and don’t focus enough on getting to know their project team.

When you’re too focused on the deliverable, the task, and the deadline, without taking into consideration the project team members and how you can support them, those team members end up feeling overlooked and underappreciated.

If you need help with where to start when it comes to getting to know your project teams, start by having some one-on-ones.

2. Manage Scope

As a new project manager, it is critical for you to manage scope. The last thing you want is for your project to get out of scope, because it quickly becomes difficult to get it back on track.

A huge aspect of this is change control. When you have a plan for change control and you get everyone to request change through a formal change control process, you’re setting yourself up for success from a scope perspective because you’ll have much more control over what changes are made to the scope and when.

More tips for new project managers

There are a few more tips I want to share with you if you’re a brand new project manager. Head over to YouTube with me because in my latest video I shared 5 essential tips for new project managers!

I go way more in-depth on this topic in my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.

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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