How to Manage Projects in a Changing Business Landscape

Hay Bales At SunriseThe world of business and project management has drastically changed over the last several years to a decade. We mostly have technology to thank for this. As we’ve discussed, technology has played a huge role in how communicate, manage teams, how we conduct business, and how to improve customers’ experiences.

While there is a great deal of flexibility and convenience that comes along with technology, it can also complicate things if project managers and entrepreneurs aren’t careful.

Here are some tips on how to remotely manage teams to the best of your ability, how to take advantage of technology and really make it work for you, and how to better serve your customers and boost your value proposition.

Don’t become antisocial. First and foremost—as I always say—is communication. Communication is the heart and soul of any relationship, both personal and professional. However, for project managers and entrepreneurs how manage teams remotely, communication is even more important since you don’t always have the opportunity to speak to and see your team members face-to-face every day.

While communication should be enhanced when working with remote teams, sometimes working remotely can cause us to become, well, a little antisocial. Don’t be that guy or girl. Be proactive in your communication and establish and execute a good follow up system. Teach your team members to also be good communicators.

If you require additional help with your projects and managing your teams, taking a project management course could also be a good idea. There are plenty of training courses available nowadays – both online and in a more traditional, classroom format – and many companies, like Activia Training, offer courses on various levels, from complete beginner to a more advanced level.

Do become organized. If you are a relatively new project manager or entrepreneur, you are likely going to learn real quick that organization is incredibly crucial to the success of your team, projects, and even to your success as a project manager or entrepreneur.

The first step here is to find the best way to organize yourself. This could mean making to-do lists, templates, spreadsheets, visuals, etc. You name it. You can certainly get tips from other colleagues or team members, but ultimately, the best approach to organization is to find out what works best for you to stay organized and run with it. Team members also take great comfort when their leaders are organized.

Don’t avoid conflicts. Conflicts are often uncomfortable for humans. In fact, most will avoid them at all costs, particularly those who struggle with confrontations. However, dealing with conflict also goes along with communication.

No, it may not always be easy, but dealing with conflict in the best manner possible can actually be best for a functional team. It can also boost morale. Team members should feel like they can address issues, brainstorm, and propose solutions in a team environment without negative conflict. Remember, conflict doesn’t always have to be negative; and it’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it.

Do use resources when and wherever possible. While project managers and entrepreneurs often feel like they have a lot of responsibility and a great deal on their shoulders—and often times, they do—they aren’t totally left to the way side. There are a number of tools and resources available to assist project managers, entrepreneurs, and teams on managing tasks, projects, budgets, schedules, and customer expectations. Today, many online project management collaboration tools are available that can facilitate project monitoring and tracking.

The landscape of business and project management has changed drastically, and continues to change as technology becomes more accessible and available. However, these constant changes force project managers and entrepreneurs to implement and execute changes to teams, which can involve significant changes to work flow and structure.

 

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About Julie

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Julie Anne Hoey is the owner and founder of J. H. Language Solutions. She has over four years experience in publishing as a full time editor and project manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusett. The main focus of her personal and professional studies has always been language. Her project management experience began while she was working for Victory Productions, a small publishing house in Worcester, MA. She now holds a position at Pearson Learning Solutions, the largest textbook publisher in the world, managing an initiative to ensure that custom higher ed textbooks are more relevant and cost effective for students. As the textbook publishing industry is facing steep competition from digital format books, she has learned to work closely with professors, adopters and field editors all over the country to ensure projects are seen through to successful completion. Her own consulting business, J. H. Language Solutions, is dedicated to helping businesses and individuals with their language needs and challenges whether it be translation, editing, writing blogs, or project management. She can be hired via her oDesk page: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~c730f492668d3f4d?sid=28001