How to manage a project

Tips for managing a project

Being asked to manage your first project at work is a watershed moment. It’s a chance to showcase your talents and “nailing it” can often open the door to new career opportunities.

But if you’ve never managed a project before, where should you start? Well, you could Google “how to manage a project” which might be just how you landed here…or read on for a round-up of the best project management tools, tips and tricks on the web.

  1. Starting the project
    10 Steps to a Kickass Project Kickoff: A Checklist for Project Managers
    This awesome check lists shares 10 steps to get your project started, measure success and engage your participants. We particularly like the sport theme “GO TEAM!”

  2. Make a plan
    You can visualise the end goal, but how do you bring it all together? Try using a mind map. The power of mind mapping offers free templates to visually represent your project and get those creative juices flowing.

  1. Choose your tools of trade
    Author, Rachel Burger, provides insights into the pros and cons of free software and apps for managing projects in The Top 10 Free and Open Source Project Management Software for 2017.

  2. Avoid failure, you will
    You don’t have to be a Star Wars geek to benefit from 10 Reasons Projects Fail: Lessons from the Death Star. It’s a great read and a fun way to understand some of the pitfalls of poor project management before you get started.

  3. ProjectManager.com.au
    A website rich with content for all project managers from novice through expert – your one stop project management shop.

Check out The Smart Project Planner short course and set yourself up for success.