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10 Tips to Project Manager to Hone Skills

Are you convinced by your score as a project manager? If not, then surely you know that your current skills and knowledge needs improvement. Now pick a specific area like cost management, requirement management or leadership that you wish to focus on to hone your skills.

In this article at The Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares his perspectives as per his personal experience to help project managers be future ready. He believes that constant activity does not guarantee improvement, but boredom might cause low quality work.

Personal Skill Graph

To stand out from the crowd, the project managers need to master a myriad of skill sets and lead with confidence, panache, strong team, and happy stakeholders. It is not as easy as it seems in the modern business.

Fast changing trends shed a spotlight on the need for organizations to enhance the growth, retention, and training of internal talent. Project managers who focus on their personal growth and development can build strong chances of shaping their career. Here are few tips to do so:

  1. Gather Knowledge: Regularly read project management books and blogs to gain valuable insights about the industry and learn from the personal experiences shared by the authors as per their personal experiences.
  2. Get a Credential: This is one of the best ways to improve project management knowledge. The credential process helps in investing a significant amount of time in learning and understanding project management principals, tools, and techniques. Check out the PMI Credentials.
  3. Look for Challenge: Seek responsibility for handling challenging projects to expand your knowledge into other areas of your company. Ask for projects that allow you to utilize your newly acquired knowledge and skills.
  4. Find a Mentor: Seek the guidance of experienced project managers to coach. Be clear about your expectations and specify your needs to them. Let them extend a helping hand in the right direction.
  5. Mentor Somebody: Sharing knowledge equally proves beneficial to the project managers. Therefore, help the less experienced project managers to handle complex projects and gain knowledge.
  6. Feedback: Constant feedbacks helps in finding skill gaps and gives enough room for improvement.
  7. Maintain Project Journal: Keeping a project journal helps you jot down thoughts and provides perspective.
  8. Set Priority: Instead of wasting time on trivial issues, focus on the ones that may bring better outcomes.
  9. Review Lessons Learned: Check with your PMO or experienced project managers to see if you can get access to lessons learned. This is the best way to learn from other’s mistakes. Discover what others have learned through the school of hard knocks.
  10. Get Adequate Sleep: Out of context, but adequate sleep is essential to perform better. Several studies have demonstrated significant improvements in performance and in our ability to learn when we get adequate sleep.

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