New to project management? Read these tips

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

So you just got your first job as a project manager. Congratulations! Not to put too much pressure on you, but don't screw it up.

Don't worry! There are plenty of little tips you can learn to boost your chances of success. Here are a few, provided by Bloomberg Businessweek:

  • Meet with all team members individually. You're going to need to decide who plays what role on your team, and you can't do that without learning a thing or two about each one of them. It helps to learn their individual goals and aspirations. More importantly, make sure to establish good relationships with those who have been with the company the longest. They'll be able to help you in turn.
  • Develop each team member. Okay, so you've met them all and exchanged pleasantries. Now how can you help them give their best to the team? You'll need to develop individual plans for each one of them, based on what you've learned through your meetings. Play to their strengths, while taking their weaknesses into account.
  • Be open to communication. You don't want to be known as the manager who is never available at key moments. Not only should you set up regular meetings with each team member and the team as a whole, but you should also be willing to speak with any individual, at any time. When they have a problem, you want them to come to you.
  • Finally, get certified! The PMP certification is a sign that you have mastered many of the skills required to be a good project manager. New Leaf's "PMP Prep"  program will prepare you to pass the exam on your first try. 

New Leaf also offers you a number of ways to keep your PMP certification, including free white papers and QPM, an online estimating game. You'll find it convenient and affordable to earn PDU credits with New Leaf.

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