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5 Simple Project Management Skills You Need to Avoid Failure

By Laura Diaz in Project Management on May 6th, 2015

Successful teams must trust each other to work together and reach a common goal. To achieve this, project managers must build on individual strengths and understand the characteristics of their team members. A collaborative and well-integrated environment builds trust and effectiveness.

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YOUR PROJECT IS ALREADY AT RISK WITHOUT TRUST

One of the main goals of project managers is to build a relationship with the project management team. Trust plays an important role in successful teams; it gives project managers the knowledge and legitimacy required to take appropriate actions against any issue that appears during implementation. To have a successful project, reduce risk, and increase revenue for the client, everyone on the team must be on the same page and know that they have each other’s backs. Without trust, project managers may fail to resolve issues, which could put the entire project at risk.

HERE ARE 5 TIPS FOR BUILDING TRUST

1. Set a common goal: The project manager needs to facilitate team meetings and encourage all members to contribute their ideas to reach the team's mission.

2. Manage expectations: Project managers must have a clear understanding of expectations, so they can match the team’s skills and interests. A good project manager will earn the trust of their clients and team members by providing all of the information needed to deliver an innovative, quality product or service while considering all the variables that can affect the process.

3. Communicate constantly: Project managers are responsible for communicating all progress, status and issues to the team and stakeholders. They must also transfer knowledge between departments in order to develop corrective actions on time. This "know-how" will allow the team to learn from these experiences for future projects.

4. Keep your team motivated: Project managers should have a shared vision of their team’s goals and expectations and know how to recognize and reward their achievements and efforts.

5. Find a balance: Competition among team members is good but needs to be balanced. Project managers need to understand the true capacity of the team and motivate them to continuously help, respect and understand each other to improve their individual as well as collective skills.

TEAMS MUST PLAY TOGETHER

Bottom line: Project managers, team members and project stakeholders need to trust each other; it’s the only way to form solid client relationships and ensure team members feel comfortable enough to be creative and productive. Project stakeholders will also have a sense of safety and confidence about choosing the right partner and being part of a team who shows a deep level of engagement.

YOU HAVE TO EARN IT

When a team trusts their project manager, there are fewer struggles with decisions and the team works harder to achieve their goals. When the project stakeholders trust their project managers, they can support, understand and respect the decisions made by the PM more easily and spend less time protecting themselves from being manipulated.

DON’T SET YOURSELF UP FOR A LOSS

Trust is an essential element of any successful team. Project teams must strive to build and cultivate relationships through their actions, words and work. Without trust, the entire team can find themselves spending all their energy battling one another rather than focusing on producing an excellent project.

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  • Luis Alejandro Díaz

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