6 Secrets to Being a Great Project Manager

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Microsoft Project Online can help you track each of these project elements to make sure your project goes according to your plan

Karen Forster

by Karen Forster on 7/22/2014


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This one is actually called 'Charismatic Project Leader'. I'm serious.

 

Gotta love business stock photos. This one is actually called "Charismatic Project Leader." I'm serious.

Besides being ruggedly handsome and charming like this “Charismatic Project Manager,” here are a few important things to keep in mind as a project leader if you want to complete your project on time and under budget. While the most important resource in project management is a skilled leader, Microsoft Project Online can help you track each of these project elements to make sure your project goes according to your plan.

 1. Your Governance Processes

If you run a one-man operation and you are the CEO, project manager, receptionist, and the go-get-lunch-for-the-office guy, then you don’t need to worry about governance processes. But for everyone else who works in some kind of tiered business structure, governance is an important issue. Make sure you have processes in place to fulfill the top two governance requirements: accountable, rapid decision-making, and critical oversight. 

In Microsoft Project Online, you can include your governance checkpoints in your work plan.  Make all of the checkpoint-artifacts as predecessors tasks to the checkpoint tasks.  This way, you can track whether you're ready for the checkpoint and provide the input necessary for the critical oversight that your governance model needs to provide. Read More