Project management is one of the hottest fields out there. The phrase is on the lips of every supervisor, manager and director; but, how can you use project management to make your easier? Well, here I am to help. Here are three ways project management can help you at work.
Time is the one thing that once spent, you can never reclaim. All the more reason why you should use project management! Project management has great techniques to make more time or save more time. Time management techniques will help you stay on schedule ensuring that your project/product/service is on time with your client.
Furthermore, if you need to make more time, you can use schedule compression techniques such as fast tracking and crashing to accelerate your timeline. You only have so much time at work. Applying project management will help you save as much time as possible!
Time is money which is the second way project management helps you out at work. Whether or not you work in the budget office, NOBODY wants any assignment that’s overbudget. Work that constantly bleeds and are in the red are bad for everybody from employee to manager. Heads will roll whenever you are overbudget!
Project management can help you calculate and assign costs per materials, resources and people. You can also use earned value management to estimate time to completion and other metrics. Project management will help you mind your money throughout every phase of your project. And you can show these cost metrics to your boss as proof of how much of the budget has been spent at each phase versus what is remaining. All the more reason to use project management!
Scope (aka Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing)
Remember to always to keep focus while at work. Yes, there are people who want you to ‘volunteer’ because you are a very hard work. This is where scope – or as I like to call it – keep the main thing the main thing – into play. Yes, scope is a vital part of project management! Staying within scope means that you are focusing only the work that you’re currently assigned. As I mentioned before, people are also looking for free help. There are two problems with this: 1) to distract you from your work and 2) you don’t get credit because your name isn’t on it. This is all the more reason why applying project management to your work will help you actually do your work. Remember, keep the main thing the main thing!
Hopefully these three project management principles of time, cost and scope can help you at work and beyond! Try them out today!
About Carla R Jenkins
Carla R Jenkins is a certified project manager, scrum master and ITIL v3 professional with over a decade’s worth of experience. She has worked in both the private and public sectors successfully completing projects and programs on time, within scope and under budget. She possesses an MBA and a BA in International Economics. To work with me, visit www.carlarjenkins.com/bookasession
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