2) Remote managing
This quality may seem obvious in the current state of work; however, things do change quickly, and they are not always certain. While some teams work remotely, others are enjoying a more hybrid working environment as well as working in shared offices.
Therefore, a good project manager must be able to adapt to the style of working that their team opt for.
It will be clear how good a remote project manager is by the responsiveness of their team, as well as taking into consideration the below points -
- The output of the team and how given tasks are undertaken
- The general happiness of the team and how they interact with one and other
- How the team are perceived externally from other senior managers – are your team known for being efficient and well informed?
- How the team respond to feedback, constructive criticism and open communication. A happy team are likely to be able to take on board the above without it having any effect on their confidence or ability
Linking back to our first point of reinvention, a good project manager must be able to manage both remotely and in person, with it having no effect on their performance.
3) Sufficient use of project management tools
It’s said that 95% of project managers use two or more project management tools when it comes to staying on top and in control of their projects. In this digital age, project management tools (such as Trello, HubSpot, Workzone and Asana) are heavily relied upon and have proven track records of helping projects run efficiently. Other known benefits of using project management tools include:
- Enhanced productivity, planning and scheduling
- Straight forward task delegation and integration of new team members
- Effective risk identification and mitigation
- Improved budget management
- Further reporting and analytics options
As loved and well-used as project management tools are, it’s also important to know the few pitfalls of using these tools and platforms so that you can make well-informed decisions regarding them.
Project management tools can be expensive, and often only worth it if you invest at an enterprise level because of the additional features and users.
These tools are also typically all cloud-based, meaning if there’s a particular technology issue one day and the site is down, there’s no additional way to access what you need from the platform, having a negative impact on your team’s output.
Also, adequate training and onboarding of these tools is crucial for all members of staff using them, to make sure everyone is confident, and comfortable and errors are kept to a minimum. This can be time consuming, costly and is not something that should be rushed.