Project management is a facet of our everyday lives. Whether you’re performing a cloud migration or planning a spaghetti dinner, project management is critically important for any task you undertake. If you’re getting anything done, you’re probably using project management principles—and you may not even know it. For us in the Zumasys Project Management Office (PMO), it’s a professional way of life.
We often use the Spaghetti Dinner example to compare project management to our personal interactions. To have a successful spaghetti dinner, there are certain things you have to do to make sure the guests arrive, the food is edible, and everyone has a good time. You need some level of project management skills.
In this blog, we’re going to share the secrets of effective project management. This is the first installment in a five-part series on the five keys of project management: communication, stakeholder management, scope management, time management, and risk management. These are five knowledge areas as discussed in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide).
No matter what your task is, at the office or at home, we think these project management keys can help you pull off any project without a hitch.
Key #1: Communication
How you communicate between stakeholders and key people inside and outside of the project group can mean the difference between fantastic success or spectacular failure. It seems simple, but good communication has many different facets.
Take our spaghetti dinner for example. How can we apply communication best practices to a spaghetti dinner?
At the Zumasys PMO, we use these same communication tenets that you can use to plan and execute a spaghetti dinner, but for complex technical implementations. Whether we are helping customers migrate to a hosted cloud infrastructure or modernizing their business-critical applications, the Zumasys PMO uses these same best practices to make sure balls don’t get dropped and plates are kept spinning. By keeping communication channels open between our team and our customers, our Project Management Professional (PMP) certified project managers make sure that project stakeholder needs are understood and met every step of the way.
Be sure to check back here regularly for the next installment in our series, 5 Keys to a Successful Project: Managing Stakeholders.
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