Project management for me is a gaining satisfaction after completing a series of processes to reach and complete a goal. It is being able when given a project, to work through these processes from beginning to end and ensuring the process meets all the requirement of the project objectives. For me personally, projects are a challenge, and I love a good challenge, so to overcome and complete any projects objective, it will require a well thought out plan for it to run efficiently, and like any challenges, there a problems and barriers that needs to be solved or over come and there is no better satisfaction when solving a hard problem and completing a challenging project. However, I have seen in my past experience that project that have failed before it even began all because the lack of communication between the project manager and all the stakeholders involved in the project and I think this is a serious issue that project managers face when working on a project.
When I am given a project, planning is a very important process for me. Without it, it is like walking around in the dark where you can run into or hit unexpected obstacles. Planning will give the project objectives a clearer outlook; it allows a project manager see what must be done. It makes the project more organised and will allow the project manager be more aware on what must be completed at certain part in a project phase. Planning allows the project manager to be prepared before the project starts and it will give everyone involved a clear understanding of the project and allows them to know what responsibilities and roles they must take on and what they must do to be able to complete their tasks. Having a well thought out plan can save time on trying to reduce problems when the projects are live.
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Of course even with the best preparation and planning, unexpected problems or situation can occur in a project. Unexpected situation are frustrating when it happens but it happens for any project. But this also where I find the challenge and excitement to try and solve the problem or finding ways to get around it. There are literally countless reasons a project can run into issues, but the vast majority of them can be solved with clear and frequent communication. I find in my past experience communication is key and not a lot of it happens during a project. Whether the project manager is not communicating enough with his team, client, or stakeholders or vice versa and not receiving any communication back, where it can cause the project manager to not get the information or updates he or she requires. This is a major issue for any project manager as clients or stakeholders are sometimes slow to communicate back and the project manager just waits and not being proactive to get a response they need.
While it is easy to point blame in the direction of your client, it is the project manager responsibility to consistently initiate contact and keep the line of communication open. Consistent communication is only created by active effort on the project managers’ end as it doesn’t just happen naturally. One excellent practice that I think project managers can implement right away is to send your client a progress report at the end of every week. This could be a full report or just a short email and it should detail what you accomplished this week and what you plan to do next week. Doing this every week whether the clients ask for it or not. Not only does this practice solve problems before they become too big, it will also ensure the client trust for you as they know they are being kept in the loop and it makes them feel like they being involved over the ongoing process of the project.
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Working on a project whether my role is big or small, there is always satisfaction knowing you have overcome a problem that had occurred during any phase of the project and there is always a guaranteed satisfaction of accomplishment whenever a project is completed, there is always a sense of fulfilment, knowing that I put together all these objectives given to me by the clients through careful planning, constant monitoring, constant updates to keep the communication going between myself and the stakeholders. To know that I have completed these processes from beginning to end there is no greater feelings.
Almost all projects are different from one another, whether it’s the project requirement, the budget, the environment or even the law. But whatever the variable or situation is, there is always a process for a project from start to finish that will allow the project to be completed efficiently, and for these process to be effective, there is the importance and also the need for a careful and well executed plan. Also constant communication is crucial for any project to run smoothly and for everyone involved to be informed which will keep especially the clients happy. If these processes are followed and the project is completed then the satisfaction I receive will worth all the hard work I put in, especially if I encounter any frustrating or unexpected problems. So when ask what project management means to me, it is to overcome obstacles and reaching the goal, and at the end of the day being able to enjoy the accomplishment of being to complete something great.