7 Project Management Tips and Tricks

Monday September 14, 2020

By: Brian Thompson
(Owner and Lead Designer, Gauntlet Creative)

Creating a successful project requires a lot of time, commitment, and focus. However, if you do it right, the potential can be extraordinary. All you have to do is to understand the challenges that appear and how you can improve your approach towards Project Management success. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.

1. Set the proper project goals

One of the main rules that every small business knows regarding Project Management is that you must have the proper, smart project goals. Establishing measurable goals and setting milestones will make it easier to track and manage your project. You always want to see the progress and adapt/adjust as needed, so having goals certainly helps a lot. It’s the same for podcast production and website development too.

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2. Pick the best stakeholders

The reason this matters is because you want to have highly skilled people whose ideas and knowledge are a perfect fit for the project. Once you hire the right team, you will find it a lot easier to grow as a business and reach the desired success. Yes, there are obvious challenges that arise, but once you work with the right people and define milestones… nothing can stand in your way.

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3. Communicate your vision

You might be great at Project Management, but the truth is that you need to have a solid team and you must communicate with them all the time. They need to understand your vision, as that’s the only way they can bring it to life. Studying every team member’s strengths and weaknesses will just make things easier, and the results can be great if you mix and match everything in an appropriate manner.

4. Use the appropriate tools

There are a variety of amazing tools you can use for Project Management. The truth is that they can help you manage project files and improve file sharing, you can communicate remotely as needed, share project outlines and so on. Some great project management tools include Google Drive, Zoom, Trello, WaveApps, and Hubspot. In fact, Project Management software can be used as a dedicated hub for everything related to the projects.

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5. Create a list of potential risks

Not every project will work the way you want. The best thing you can do is to understand the potential risks. Preparing a failsafe or alternative plan for example can help a lot. You can’t have all the eggs in one basket, as you can end up losing. The same thing happens in the case of Project Management… you want to have dedicated solutions and alternatives in case anything is wrong.

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6. Test every iteration of the project

Yes, one of the core rules of Project Management is to always test every project version. The last thing you want is to leave all the testing at the end. You can waste a lot of time then, so it makes sense to test every feature as you implement it and ensure it works the way you want. Evaluate the project as often as you can and then adjust or adapt as needed.

And… 7. Accept feedback

In case you provide an early version of your project to the public, listen to them and their feedback. You always need to listen to the audience, as they are the ones that will help you better understand everything. It will lead to a very good experience in the long term, especially if you plan on creating a multi-tier, years-long project.

Conclusion

The world of Project Management is always changing, but these tips will come in handy if you want to have the best results. Yes, you do need to adapt and adjust as needed, but with the right ideas and features, nothing will be able to stand in your way.

I recommend you to study these ideas and implement them accordingly. Once you do that, your Project Management results will be great and your project will be very successful!

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson is the lead designer at Gauntlet Creative. He loves professional wrestling, heavy metal, and productivity.