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Project Management Tip Roundup

Written on April 25, 2011

If you’ve kept up with any of our posting on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve undoubtedly seen a post or two with a Project Management tip from InsideCRM – one of our favorite websites. They come from an article called The Manager’s Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders. They’re great reminders and bits of advice, ranging from tips about process and technology to personal habits and management styles.

In an effort to make these great tips more digestible, we keep the article on hand and pick out some of our favorites to highlight every so often. And that worked out great – but looking at them now, it’s a big hassle to try and track down any previous tips in the big feed of posts, so we grabbed some of our favorites and consolidated them for your viewing pleasure here:

So consider this Morton’s Top 10 PM Tips from InsideCRM! In no particular order:
72. Segment your customers. Not all customers are alike. Divide your customers into groups that allow you to provide attention and services that meet each customer’s unique needs.”
19. Make sure expectations are clear. Be sure that each member of your team knows what their specific responsibilities are. This will save time and prevent tasks from being overlooked.
76. Don’t fight change. You can’t stop markets, trends and technology from changing, so learn to go with the flow.
44. Get the most out of meetings. Be organized and prepared for meetings to increase effectiveness and time savings.
64. Invest in solid technology. This doesn’t always mean the latest technology, but what your office needs to do work effectively.
16. Keep communication open. Keeping everyone in touch with the status of the project is key to making sure it’s completed on time.
73. Provide effective after-sales services. Don’t let contact fall off after the work is complete. Make sure your client stays happy.
15. Create milestones. Creating milestones for you and your team will help you keep track of your progress and also give you a sense of accomplishment as you reach each milestone.
77. Adopt a predictive managerial style. Don’t wait for things to happen to make a move. Anticipate problems and provide contingency plans.
And if there’s one general tip worth taking away, it’s this simple one.
36. Improve your skills. Learning is a lifelong process.
While there are undoubtedly some good tips in the list, it may be more appropriate to call this list 101 Reminders For Leaders. After all, many of these tips are traits that lead one to pursue a managerial or leadership role in the first place. They are things that make one stand out as a productive manager and a natural leader, and getting a reminder on them is always a good thing.

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