October 9th Class Takeaways

Project Manager

http://99u.com/articles/6946/top-10-characteristics-of-great-project-managers

Laurie talked about Project Managers today in class. The more she talked about it the more I realized that this might be a good position for me when it comes to the real project we are doing. This would be a good thing on my resume especially because I am also in the Business Management degree program as well as the Marketing Program. I think it would create a strong resume to graduate with these 2 degree programs and have project manager of a big school project on my resume. I looked up a website that explains 10 traits of great project managers. Command authority naturally was a big one. It sounds kind of harsh, but really it’s not. What this means is that you are viewed by your team as a natural leader. You are looked at in a favorable way and you are valued by the organization. Set, observe, and reevaluate project priorities frequently was another one. The last big one I took away was look forward to going to work! A project manager needs to display a positive attitude and have a passion for the project or the team will not follow. All of the 10 traits were very helpful and I would recommend that anyone who is thinking about being a project manager to read these before doing it. This should help you to be a better project manager.

Constructive Criticism

http://www.targettraining.eu/giving-constructive-criticism-tips/

It is important as a project manager to give constructive criticism. This sounds like basic knowledge to do, but it’s not quite that easy when you are really in that position. This is always something I have struggled with and hope to work on. I used to be a team leader when I worked at a restaurant and this was something I really struggled with. Sometimes I would give criticism, but it was not constructive. Most of the time I would not say anything, but then it just kept on bothering me. This website gave 5 tips for giving constructive criticism. The first tip was to give concrete examples. I cannot stress how important this is. I have been told by my boss that sometimes they feel like I am lazy and not fully committed to the job. Then when I ask for examples they can’t give me any. So how can I change things that I am doing if they don’t give me examples. The next tip is to give the employee a chance to speak and help to come up with a conclusion to the problem. The 3rd tip was to tell the employee your vision for the future and tell them your expectations. The 4th tip is when discussing lessons learned, make sure you get input from both sides. Lastly agree on specific targets and timelines so both sides of the group walk away with a concrete guide on how to move forward. These were all helpful tips and if I find time I would like to learn more about giving constructive criticism.

Budgeting

https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/creating-a-project-budget-what-you-need-to-know.php

I know for our practice project we didn’t need to much about budgeting, and I’m not sure how much we will need to know for our non profit group projects. I think this is a very important skill to know though when it comes to becoming a project manager some day in the future. I found this website which helped me a lot to learn about budgeting for a project. One main thing this website taught me was that there were two ways to look at creating a budget. The top-down approach and the bottom-up approach are the two ways. The top-down approach is about deciding how much the project will cost and dividing up the money between the sections of the project. The bottom-up approach is about estimating the total cost of the project by costing the lowest level work packages and working your way up. This website explains all the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. The website also explains direct and indirect costs and how they will affect your budget. One thing I found interesting is that there were 5 alternative approaches to estimating budgets. One helpful tip that the website gave me was that it is always better to come in a little under budget than over budget. This website had one review from a young project manager who explained that although the website was simple it was extremely helpful to her and has helped her lead multiple projects.

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