For many years, I felt that project management was one of the most difficult skills to master. But looking back at all the projects I’ve worked on over the past 30 years, I realized I was partially correct. It comes down to a few simple things:
- Start with a good plan
- Keep to the schedule
- Stay organized
- Surround yourself with good people
- Treat others with respect
- Always be professional
Although each of these skills needs to be developed, it all seems pretty straight forward.
The real challenge arises when something goes wrong. What happens when, for whatever reason, can’t deliver materials on time, or a sub-contractor is tied up on another project, or it rains for two weeks straight?
How do we stay on track? Would a good plan account for these potential problems? Adapting to accommodate these setbacks is the key!