Figuring out the timeline you have to work within may seem obvious, but it alters your ability to make certain arrangements. Being aware of when the deadline for an assignment is from the get go allows you to make allowances for these limits, and also allows you to deliver the most effective result within the timespan allotted to you. Instead of panicking and trying to figure out how you’re going to make arrangements on time, asking for an end date will allow you to have something to work toward.
Communication is key to the successful delivery of a project, and when you’re working within a big team, odds are you’re going to be collaborating with or leading a lot of different colleagues. Ensure your manager has pre-approved the modes of communication- be that through simple social media forms such as Skype or more advanced software such as Slack. This will prevent any misunderstanding or miscommunication with someone who wasn’t aware that all major correspondence was meant to take place on one form of media over the other.
If you haven’t been assigned the role of project manager, it is well worth understanding the chain of command, and hearing this from your boss will prevent any misunderstanding between your team itself. Knowing who you need to be reporting to and what their expectations will be will only be of help when it comes to successfully completing the project. Not to mention prevent any passive aggressiveness that may stem from someone who thought they’d be in charge of the laser pointer during the powerpoint presentation…
Before going into a project, it is the role of a project manager to be able to identify the greatest risks that might prevent it from going through without a hitch. Being aware of these pressure points will lead to a greater sensitivity when working on those areas - this may be in relation to anything from cliental needs to stakeholder expectations. Don’t be nervous when asking what to look out for - not only will your boss appreciate the caution and seriousness with which you’ve decided to take the project on with, but it will also help you deliver stronger work overall.
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