1. The project management basics are the basics for a
reason. They have been proven to work. Follow my "Nail the
PM Basics" series on Facebook. Remember to keep your project
plan current, always have agendas for your meetings, and
continually fight bureaucracy as you maximize your project
management service effectiveness.
2. Take yourself out of email and instant messaging
applications for an hour at a time during the day. Most
project issues can wait one hour. Use this time to create
uninterrupted opportunity to update your project plan, sit
back and reflect on the "big picture" of you project, and
follow up on the outstanding project risks. Make time to
manage your project. Don't allow all of your time to be
dedicated to fighting fires.
3. Mentor a new project manager in your area. Show them what
you do. You will learn how much you know when you try to
teach it. You will also learn how little you know when you
try to teach it.
4. Take a "back to the future" look at your career. Where do
you expect your career to be 12 months from today? In three
years from today? Which training experiences have you got
planned for the coming year, so that you are more marketable
next year than you are today?
5. How well do you know your tools? Many, many times when I
work with clients in my coaching practice, the obvious gap
to address first is "Lack of current marketable skills". You
can't command a top income if your current IT expertise is
limited to COBOL programming. You need to continually stay
current, including learning the latest version of MS-Project
and MS-Office suite.
6. Network and market on the job. Today, get out of your
office (or cube) and meet your project team. Remind your
managers of the good work that you do, and don't wait for
annual reviews to blow your own horn. Don't be lulled into
complacency or thinking that your job is secure. Your
paycheck depends on your relationships, so build them. Take
one person that your admire and respect, and who is more
senior than you, to lunch this week.