So what is project management? There are many definitions, we like this one:
It is then agreed set of deliverables.
Whatever your definition it is clear that projects can be complex environments and this is due to their temporary nature. Change is the only constant in a project and you are always working against constraints. You will likely be balancing time, cost and quality or scope in trying to get the project delivered within these agreed constraints. Since projects are temporary you are often still struggling with new working relationships as well.
Experience, practice and good process and tools help you overcome some of these challenges. And that is vital because no organisation can last long without being able to deliver projects.
But what do you do if you find yourself made Project Manager and you don’t know what to do? You want to deliver and to be successful but you will need all the help you can get.
Project Management help
You should never suffer in silence. Your organisation wants you to be a success in delivering the project. Ask about support, training and mentoring and you are likely to get it. The Project Management Office (PMO) should be providing support and guidance. Most organisations now have a PMO set up for exactly that purpose.
If you have no PMO to help you then it will be more difficult. Instead, the person who appointed you as Project Manager should be able to tell you what Project management approaches are expected.
Tools cannot deliver a project alone, but they can help a lot. We advise using our free Community Edition and Planner tools which you can download from here. Community Edition will provide you with the process to help you deliver as well as templates to help with quality. Planner will give you the ability to do plans, risks, issues and costs with confidence.
Project management doesn’t happen by accident. You will need to work at it if you want to deliver your project as a success.