Successful project managers know that tracking and follow-up should be tailored to risk. For example, if the timing of task x can only slide a day before it disrupts the project schedule, then it should be monitored daily. If it can shift a week without causing other delays, then monitor it weekly.
7. Understand How to Get the Best Out of Your Team
The best project managers know their team members and understand how they work best. Some need close monitoring and assistance. Others work better with more independence and flexibility. Understand how to keep team members working most effectively toward a shared goal.
8. Focus Effort on the Important Things
Successful project managers know the difference between what is effective and what is unnecessary bureaucracy. They focus the important things: keeping the project on time, the client happy, the budget under control. They don't worry about whether a team member updates the project chart to log that a specific task is 20 percent versus 30 percent complete. That is wasted time and effort that produces no outcome.
9. Know What Hat to Wear When
Great project managers stay focused on the big picture, but are also able and willing to jump in and get their hands dirty when needed. The ability to guide an entire process forward while attending to details as necessary is a valuable skill set. It is one that must be learned and honed through experience.
10. Understand and Practice Great Leadership Traits
Successful project managers treat others with respect. They show appreciation for effort and reward achievement. They also deal with adversity and setbacks through shared learning, not laying blame. Great leaders understand and hone great leadership skills.