Do you find it difficult to manage, control and complete your projects as scheduled? Do you have great methods for monitoring and controlling your teams and deliverables but still find it difficult to get the work done?
The fact is that only ‘Responsibility and Discipline’ can help you get your work done.
The more interesting fact is that managers who are more responsible and disciplined have a more responsible and disciplined team. And, they are better able to deliver projects on time and with quality.
We all know that any eLearning project manager at a given point of time handles multiple clients and projects. Some tips that we follow to manage our projects and that which gave us great results and can also help you discipline your project are:
- Plan for the following week activities – We identify the projects that have to be worked upon in the coming week and communicate the plan of action for the activities to be accomplished to the respective project leads at least two days before the week starts. This helps them plan for the project team.
- Confirm deliverables everyday – We make a list of daily deliverables and discuss them with the project leads 15 minutes in the morning before the teams gets into action. This helps us be focused on the deliverables, its quality and timelines.
- Escalate issues and delays – If there are any delays, the project leads escalate the issues to project managers before it gets too late. This helps the managers schedule discussions with the required teams in order to think about alternatives to deal with the delays.
- Conduct reviews to identify and resolve issues – Managers conduct review meetings with the project lead, team, and department heads to identify and resolve the root issues that is causing the delays or deviations. This helps bring back the focus, decide the plan of action, and build up the team work.
- Follow-up and monitor commitments – Managers follow up with the project leads, spend a couple of hours with the team or at the committed time to check if everything is on track.
- Allocate work responsibilities– In the daily meeting, each team member is assigned a task required to complete the activity. This makes them accountable for the quality and time of the task assigned to them.
- Communicate with stakeholders and teams – Managers have continuous communication about the progress of the project activity with the stakeholders and other team members. This gives them real time status of the project.
These steps can help you manage your eLearning projects successfully. If you have any more thoughts to share, do share with us.