At Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, it is our job to implement effective and successful projects. No matter when we are brought on board, we steer our projects in the right direction. From our experience, here are the 7 habits of highly effective projects that we strive for:
- Well-Planned– This may be the most important habit of all. Projects must be well-planned. It is imperative to take the ample time that is needed to plan a project before implementation. Likewise, well-planned projects assume there will be unforeseen issues and proactively put measures in place for how to deal with problems when the occur.
- Uniform Definition of Success– In the most effective projects, it is clear that all team member’s priorities are in-line. If the entire team has the same definition of what a successful project looks like, then everyone is working to achieve the same goal.
- Forward Motion– While it may seem obvious, projects need to make constant progress. Whether the progress is decision making, research and planning or actual construction, there needs to be progress at all times. To do this, it is important for all involved to deal with the big decisions and plans first and not let distractions delay progress.
- Strong Project Team– When talking about a highly effective project, our PMs will almost always site a cohesive project team as one of the major contributing factors. A team that naturally synergizes, works well together, and understands the project goals is bound for success.
- Clear Communication– It’s not surprise that communication appears on this list. However, clear communication must come from both sides: the communicator must be concise, descriptive and succinct. Those on the receiving end must be fully engaged and strive to listen, understand and remember what is being communicated.
- Working Smart– Of course, hard work is a necessary for a highly effective project. But more than working hard, everyone must work smart: Find creative solutions to new (or old) problems, anticipate common issues, automate time-consuming processes and take the time to debrief when the project is complete and learn from key takeaways.
- Morale– When the morale of a project is high, projects are highly effective. With high morale, everyone is excited for the outcome and ready to do what it takes to deliver success.