How to become a successful Project Manager by AVPT Global

To become a successful project manager, you need to look to build and develop these skills.

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed
CEO Academy of Vocational & Professional Training

Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to the regular duties of your job, you are often expected to take on extra assignments – and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.

At our 1 day workshop we  intended to take you from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager. However, this one-day workshop will familiarise you with the most common terms and the most current thinking about projects. In the mean time lets take a look at the skills checklist and the bullet points for effective project management.

The Skills Checklist

  • All encompassing
  • Goals met as soon as possible (product, time, and money)
  • Applies knowledge, skills, and techniques
  • Balance competing demands
  • Work with a mixture of people/technology
  • Multi-task
  • Define the scope of the project
  • Define goals you can meet and keep them
  • Time management
  • Management identity clusters
  • Strong project management identity
  • Good at documenting steps
  • Self-confidence
  • Flexibility

Summary stages of developing a project

“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay”

“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay”

Conceptual/Creation/Initiation Stage

  • Establishing a need
  • Determining feasibility
  • Searching for alternatives
  • Preparing proposals
  • Developing basic budgets
  • Determining basic schedules
  • Naming the starting project team
  • Study; discuss, and analyse
  • Write the project definition
  • Set and end-results objective
  • List imperatives and desirables (SOW)
  • Generate alternative strategies (Brainstorming)
  • Evaluate alternatives & choose a course of action

Planning/Growth/Sell Stage

  • Setting goals
  • Listing tasks to be done
  • Developing schedules in a sequence
  • Developing a budget
  • Getting your plans approved by stakeholders
  • Conducting studies and analyses
  • Designing systems
  • Building and testing prototypes
  • Analyzing results
  • Obtaining approval for production
  • Establish the project objective
  • Choose a basic strategy for achieving the objective
  • Break the project down into subunits or steps
  • Determine the performance standards for each subunit
  • Determine how much time is required to complete each subunit
  • Determine the proper sequence for completing subunits
  • Determine the cost of each subunit
  • Design the necessary staff organization
  • Determine the number of staff needed
  • Determining kind of positions
  • Determine what training is required for project team members
  • Develop the necessary policies and procedures
  • Market study
  • Pilot test
  • Computer simulation
  • Estimating labor costs
  • Estimating labor
  • Estimating overhead
  • Estimating materials
  • Estimating supplies
  • Estimating equipment rentals
  • Estimating general and administrative

Implementation/Execution/Operation Stage

  • Getting the time
  • Getting the money
  • Getting the people
  • Getting the equipment
  • Meeting and leading the team
  • Communication with all stakeholders
  • Controlling the work in progress
  • Establishing standards
  • Monitoring performance
  • Inspection
  • Interim progress reviews
  • Testing
  • Auditing
  • Taking corrective action

Termination/Close out/ Evaluation Stage

  • Letting go of the project
  • Celebrate success
  • Release resources
  • Project completion checklist
  • Test project output to see that it works
  • Write operations manual
  • Complete final drawings
  • Deliver project output to client
  • Train client’s personnel to operate project output
  • Reassign project personnel
  • Dispose of surplus equipment, materials and supplies
  • Release facilities
  • Summarize major problems encountered and their solution
  • Document technological advances made
  • Summarize recommendations for future research and development
  • Summarize lessons learned in dealing with interfaces
  • Write performance evaluation reports on all project staff
  • Provide feedback on performance to all project staff
  • Complete Final audit
  • Write Final report
  • Conduct project review with upper management
  • Declare the project complete

The Statement of Work (SOW)

  • The purpose of statement
  • The scope of statement
  • The project deliverables
  • The goals and objectives
  • The cost and schedule estimates
  • The list of stakeholders
  • The chain of command
  • The communication plan

Project Management Fundamentals 1 day training course

Our  one-day workshop will help you teach participants how to:

–       Define the terms project and project management

–       Identify benefits of projects

–       Identify the phases of a project’s life cycle

–       Sell ideas and make presentations

–       Prioritise projects

–       Begin conceptualszing their project, including goals and vision statements

–       Use a target chart and other planning tools

–       Complete a Statement of Work

What’s Included?

  • Instruction by an expert facilitator
  • Small interactive classes
  • Specialised manual and course materials
  • Globally accredited certificate

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