Friday, 1 July 2016

Sujai Shriram - Basic Project Management Phases

Sujai Shriram is a Project Manager and a digital marketer working with CrossView Inc. He is experienced in management and leadership positions, but careful professionals like Sujai Shriram often review the basics of their roles on a regular basis. This allows them to stay focused and avoid obvious mistakes.
Sujai Shriram

If you’ve been tasked with project management, consider the basic phases of your upcoming duties. This will give you direction whether you’re a seasoned pro or an office newbie.

1. Definition. To create a solution, it is important to understand and define the problem clearly. That’s 80% of the work. A project manager will often bring the team together to create a goal, define clear milestones, map out a schedule and reconcile/identify key resources need to guide the project successfully to completion.

2. Design. Once the problem is well defined, the solution design begins. It starts with laying out the high level building blocks, how they interact and potential risks. As the project team dives deeper in to each of the areas, carefully negotiation of conflicting design aspects and risk-mitigation helps the team evolve the solution to an optimal level that achieves the goals of the project.

3. Execution. Execution is everything. It makes or breaks the success of any project team. A project manager’s role is to ensure the team is clear on the goal and has no roadblocks to progress. During this phase, all team members are typically filled in on any remaining project information so that everyone is on the same page. If a project trends to go off-track, and almost always will as long humans are involved in execution, the work of the project manager and her leadership task begins.

4. Launch. Once the solution is developed and well tested, it can be rolled out in several ways. It can be a big-bang launch to the entire audience, or launched as a pilot to a subset of the customer base to test out and gather their feedback. With the pressures of today’s market demands of speed-to-market and high quality outputs, organizations are increasingly adopting pilot launches to minimize their risks.

You can likely find a professional with experience similar to Sujai Shriram’s who will be willing to have a mentorship conversation over coffee, if asked. Mentor relationships can develop into valuable career connections, if handled correctly.