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7 Habits of Dynamic Project Managers

7 Habits of Dynamic Project Managers

So it seems that all the ‘influencers’ on LinkedIn earn livings by stating the obvious to each other. Jealous of this trend, I’ve put together 7 awesome habits that, by following, will make you into the most dynamic engineering project manager outside of this box!

The best project managers know exactly when to admit their ignorance: never. Yes, you may have employed an engineering firm to design for you, but don’t let that stop you from ignoring them.

1. Meet, and Meet Again

There’s no I in team, but there is a me[a/e]t! Touching base (for at least seven hours a day) lets you put out fires before they even start. Empowering your team through high-level collaboration will make sure they’re all singing from the same songsheet, and gives you plenty of facetime for blamestorming any project delays resulting from continuous meetings.

2. Save Time, Cut The Programme

When 110% isn’t enough, a real project manager isn’t afraid to actualise the big picture. Take an ideas shower and right-size (assign half the time quoted) the programme; suddenly that project has taken the late-to-early paradigm shift; and you’re the hero!

3. Know Everything, Even When Know You Nothing

A great project manager is a thought-leader and knows all the issues before  they’ve even entered the loop.  At the end of the day, the key to dynamic collaboration is continuous, unrelenting, proactive initiatives. The best project managers know exactly when to admit their ignorance: never. Yes, you may have employed an engineering firm to design for you, but don’t let that stop you from ignoring them.

4. Dial ‘S’ For Speed

Time and time again I see young project managers who are just too afraid to leverage the power of “Phone 2.0”. When a task has become mission-critical you need complete transparency, and the only way to get team-investment is to call every five minutes to find out if it’s still on the radar.

5. Talk, Without Listening

In any project there will always be stakeholders; all of which will believe their issues to be the most important. To really inspire as a project manager you’ve got to follow that golden thread of connectivity, respond to these challenges and repurpose them into your own win-win outcome- regardless of what anyone else says.

6. Paperwork Is Progress

Let me tell you a story from a friend of mine; Clara. She’d been parachuted in to find a path forward and pull the trigger on a failing project. A quick sense check transferred the knowledge she needed to transition these problems into opportunities. Using measurement-focused platforms and document socialising she was able to establish key performance indicators and fully metric the increasing delays the new paperwork was causing.

7. The Last Minute Is The Best Minute

The best project managers don’t move goal posts- they reinvent them! If you’ve got a wish-list you need to throw each and every opportunity at the wall to see what sticks; and how can you do that before the wall’s built?! By synergizing your projects with last minute change management and scope-bandwidth expanding alterations you’ll be sure to get the best out of your designer.

Disclaimer: If you follow these habits and get fired, it’s not my fault- you simply didn’t have an action plan born from blue-sky thinking…

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  1. Ben Curry

    This is excellent. You really have really captured the essence of Linked In. You should stage an elaborate prank where you get this made into posters and try to sell it to management consultancy firms.

    • I would- but it’s hard enough trying to coax managers out of this way of thinking; without being the cause of the problem too!

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