Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. So many organisations are recognising that PAs are natural project managers – we are organised, we structure our work in a way that lends itself well to project work and actually we’ve been managing projects for most of our working life! But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! So here you will find some great blogs, books, tools and general tips on how to Project Manage like a pro.
Top five blogs for Project Management
- The Project Management Hut
- A Girl’s Guide to Project Management
- Better Projects
Top five books to help you project manage like a pro
- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
- Project Management for Non-Project Managers by Jack Ferraro
- Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide (3rd Edition) by Greg Horine
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- Brilliant Project Management: what the best project managers know, do and say by
Top five project management tools
Here are some general tips on how to project manage with you are not a full time project manager… From the Pros
- Throughout the course of the project always remember the end goal. Where do I start and where do I finish!
- Make quick decisions efficiently, make big decisions as a team. There are lots of elements to running a project, but changes can only be made if decisions are made. Have the confidence to make decisions for your project. As the project manager, you are in the best place to put forward ideas, suggestions and ultimately make decisions.
- Track your progress. Every project manager needs tool to to help them tract the progress of the project.
- Develop a project plan. Have an idea of each project milestone. The points at which you need to make a decision, bring on new team members or seek the advice of your Executive. Make sure you have a plan which details how you get to your end point.
- You are an expert, trust your gut! As a PA, you are a born project manager and you have the skills you need to make a success of any project, you just need the confidence to know that you are an expert in your area so do trust your own instincts!