If you run a business or you’re a project manager, managing projects is not the easiest thing to do. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the outcome of a project may not work out well. So what is the importance of project management? Without proper planning, you may not get the right outcome you intend for.
These days, it involves more than one thing to make any work project successful. Project management (PM) is important based on a few questions, including the following:
- Who is in charge of leading a project?
- What are some of the expectations for those who are working on a project?
- Which tasks and responsibilities are people assigned?
- When does the project need to be done? When is the right time to take action?
If those questions are addressed early on, the better chances that a project will succeed and end up getting the desired outcome.
9 reasons why project management is important
Project management can be a hassle and easy to ignore. Understanding how it can make an impact can help reduce the risks, along with the headaches of a project failing in the end.
For the remainder of this article, I will go over some reasons why PM is needed to work on any project for your business.
- Establishes Goals You Aim To Accomplish
- Helps Your Team Stay On Track
- Easier To Collaborate With The Team
- Boosts Focus On Work
- Increases Efficiency
- Identifies Which People Should Be Doing Specific Tasks
- Helps To Learn From Mistakes
- Helps Build Value For A Company
- Leads To More Satisfied Clients
Establishes goals you aim to accomplish
Setting clear, concise goals helps you understand what needs to get done in a timely manner. It’s good to refer back to when you get stuck sometimes.
If you’re doing something different, see if you can simplify it. You may want to try something else if a task is taking longer than usual (or if it’s more difficult).
But if you get off track at times, then it’s good to go back to those goals made earlier. If the work you’re doing aims to accomplish those goals, keep going in that direction.
Helps your team stay on track
When expectations are made, things are meant to go smoothly. For example, assigning tasks to team members who know what they’re doing shows you can count on them.
If they know what they’re doing, it’s easier to get those tasks done in a timely manner. Especially when it comes to setting deadlines, it helps everyone keep going while staying on track.
Breaking down my tasks
For me to stay on track with work, I tend to break down my tasks if I know it will take me longer than usual. If I was assigned to write a report, I usually started on it early.
When writing the report, I would break it down by doing the following:
- Research (finding sources)
- Writing an outline,
- Writing an initial draft,
- Editing/finalizing the report
Breaking it down into smaller tasks makes it a lot easier to tackle a bigger project. It will vary depending on the individual’s work style, but that’s how I do it for how I manage projects.
Easier to collaborate with the team
When a PM plan is set in stone, it can be easier to work with others involved in the project. Following an easy-to-follow plan can help you and your team reach an agreement and solve problems.
When working together, it’s possible to get more work done sooner than later. There’s nothing wrong with getting ahead on schedule for a project, as it can help prevent last-minute work near the deadline.
Boosts focus on work
When a project involves a developed plan with basic expectations, it helps maintain focus. If you have structures in place for completing tasks, it’s easier to figure out what needs to get done.
When there are certain structures in place, it helps with maintaining focus, especially if you’re on a tight deadline. Also, it helps avoid confusion and the need to ask more questions later on.
Using the best tips and tools can help improve efficiency. It’s best to not waste additional resources if you have the necessary ones to use.
There are a lot of project tools to choose from, including Monday.com, Asana, Wrike, and much more. I wrote a review on Wrike’s PM tool a while back. Check out the link later in this post for an in-depth review of the PM tool.
Identifies which people should be doing specific tasks
Having a proper process in place helps know who’s responsible for doing specific tasks. If you’re a project manager yourself, it helps to have a basic understanding of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
Suppose you know someone who is good at marketing goods and services. Would you not assign him or her marketing tasks?
When you assign someone to work on marketing tasks, isn’t it a good idea to know whether that person has the necessary skills? If not, that can be a problem later on. It may not be a good idea to assign tasks to people who are not trained in that area.
Helps to learn from mistakes
Not all projects will turn out with perfect outcomes, as mistakes will be made. It may not be a major mistake for the business, but it can be an opportunity to learn from it.
Some situations can be falling short of a goal, or executing a task too soon. It may be something you wish you would have done a little differently.
But the best thing to do is to learn from it, so you know not to do it the next time around. It can help with working on future projects the next time around.
Helps build value for a company
Depending on what the project may entail, it can help grow the business in the long run. If some projects end up bringing excellent results, they can grow a business even further.
Making a business more valuable can bring more opportunities down the road. Whether that’s acquiring more clients (or earning more revenue), the successful outcome of a project can bring exciting results for any business.
Leads to more satisfied clients
When working on a project, some things may be at stake for the clients you work for. If a project doesn’t bring the right outcome, it may disappoint some clients.
The end result, however, may be satisfying for clients who are involved in the project. When a project is completed correctly and on time, it will result in more satisfied clients. That’s all businesses should strive for, which is maintaining high customer satisfaction.
PM is important because it improves the direction of leadership, along with increasing efficiency. More importantly, it helps improve communication with your team. I believe communication is a key component of any successful project.
Understanding who’s responsible for doing which tasks (and when it needs to be done) will bring better results. In the end, PM can be more effective in handling overtime if it grows a business and ensures customer satisfaction.
Your Turn: Why is project management important?
I would like to get your thoughts on PM in general. Is PM emphasized in the work you do, whether that’s working for a company or running your business?
Is PM key to making sure work is finished in a timely manner? Do you find it easy to work on tasks that are easy to break down?
Which of the reasons do you think is more important when meeting deadlines with PM? Do you think it helps with achieving customer satisfaction?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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4 thoughts on “What Is The Importance Of Project Management? A Basic Guide”
Well written and great use of imagery to break up the text. I have years involved in the PM position and wow it isn’t easy.
You never know what employees will show that day or if they do are they ready to work. Dealing with RFI’s and submittals and specification books.
Don’t forget nothing fits and the prints say it should and then you have a dozen different trades in your way. I don’t miss those days of being first on site last one off and all he drama during the day and all the butt chewings from the General.
Good luck and you seem very knowledgeable in this NICHE.
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Yes, project management can involve all kinds of factors. What you mentioned can be challenging, but it’s worth looking into every aspect of project management.
As I mentioned, anything can go wrong in a project. So it’s good to have that backup plan just in case.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate what you have to say, and thank you.
If you want a project to run smoothly and be completed without too many challenges, then you need to manage the project efficiently. A project manager can indeed manage all the different people and components of a project, to make it all run smoothly.
A good project manager will know the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals in the team and assign tasks accordingly. Regular team meetings will keep the team focused on the project and iron out any challenges that the team might come across.
Any project manager will find this post on the reasons why project management is important, very helpful.
Project management is meant to be run efficiently. Without the efficienct component, it’s much harder to work on PM.
Also, you’re right to point out the strengths and weaknesses of all team members. Identifiying what they’re good at or not will help make assigning tasks to each member smoother.
I believe communicating regularly is crucial to any project to run smoothly. If you can communicate effectively with your team members, you’re one step ahead of the game.
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts- they’re greatly appreciated.