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Mitra Innovation’s best practices for project managers

Mitra Innovation’s Senior Project Manager Rajinda Rathnapala articulated his thoughts on key areas in Project Management that are recognized by executives and stakeholders as indispensable skills that bring true strategic value to their projects and long-term strategies.

Key areas that need to be focused on are the importance of hiring and retaining the right talent which Rathnapala says, is of paramount importance. “When you spend a lot of time and energy on technical aspects of project execution, it could leave a gap in soft leadership skills. Project Managers who have the essential skills to drive by example, build trust and create an open culture by driving changes and driving ‘buy-in,’ is what creates top Project Managers who understand the value they bring to the project.”

He also said that discovering and implementing high-impact, high-visibility opportunities, was essential. “It’s about creating value for the customer. If a project is delivered on time and on budget, but does not create value for the client, then it really does not matter that it was delivered. Projects need to have a positive impact and it should enable the business to become more agile and flexible.”

Reporting on what the client really cares about is another key factor, according to Rathnapala. “Key performance indicators (KPIs); quantitative or qualitative, play an important role. A project manager should be able to regularly report progress to project sponsors and stakeholders. They should be able to provide transparency into project and portfolio performance with absolute confidence.”

Creating a framework that shows how Project Managers align with the client’s specific objectives, was yet another essential practice. “A project manager’s value comes when stakeholders and executives could distinguish a direct line back to strategic goals, with clear direction and a transparent flow of communication that flows from project leaders to all areas of the Organisation, regarding how projects are moving forward.”

Providing project stakeholders and senior executives with distinct, unblurred information, was yet another vital component. “The best practice is for Project Leaders to commence any project with a preliminary discussion with project stakeholders, executives and teams and define clear-cut information about what they are looking for in reference to KPIs and ongoing project insights,” Rathnapala said.

“This permits the project manager to nail-down the types of data they need to analyze and gather timely and relevant business intelligence, as well as have the right tools in place that provide relevant, to-the-point dashboards at-a-glance to capture pertinent real-time data from multiple sources and display it visually, so that every team member could quickly and easily access KPIs in an instant.”

Project Managers who adhere to these project management tips would achieve on-time, on-budget delivery of high-profile projects, thereby increasing success rates of their projects and career prospects.

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