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01st Nov 2022
International Project Management Day is celebrated on the first Thursday in November. It launched in 2004 as an annual day of recognition of the achievements of millions of project managers worldwide.
With a project manager skills shortage, IPM Day is an excellent prompt for organisations to recognise and appreciate individual and team performance. It’s a day to shine a spotlight on the enormous contribution that projects make to business and the community.
What better way to support and encourage project managers than with top tips from industry experts?
Project and Program Specialist, Children’s Cancer Institute and AIPM NSW Chapter President
Three words. Document, document, document. Verbal agreements, decisions and actions are not worth the paper they’re written on. Get comfortable and efficient with capturing notes about everything. Everyone will be looking to you to have recorded who said what, by when and when you do, make sure that you publish it promptly.
You can cultivate your own maturity by finding a high-performing team or mentor. Find someone who’s genuinely interested in developing you. Understand where you need to grow and then seek the opportunities to achieve that. Be courageous and think about what you can provide in return. Early career professionals bring agility, energy and ideas. Finding the fit for these is always a challenge. I won’t sugar coat that, but keep offering.
And finally, be considered with any professional course selection. There are so many choices and offerings. Many with hefty price tags. Just make sure that you’re really circumspect about the skills that that accreditation or certification actually will provide for you.
Manager – Space, Science & Technology, Dept of State Growth Tasmania and AIPM Tasmanian Chapter President
Opportunities come in all forms, so make the most of others’ experience and seek out new challenges. You don’t need to be the subject matter expert to be a successful project manager, use and leverage the expertise that surrounds you – your PM superpower is harnessing that expertise.
The number 1 tip for people looking to start a career in Project Management is find a mentor. And always remember to have fun – if it stops being fun, go in a new direction.
Don’t just come up with the problem. Identify potential solutions and recommend one.
Project management is equal parts art and science. The science can be taught and learned through courses and online training. The art of project management can only be properly understood through direct observation and mentoring. Never pass up the opportunity to work on projects and with PMs that will provide you the opportunity to see the art of being a great PM.
Project Manager for Bus Infrastructure at Public Transport Authority and AIPM WA Chapter President
When engaging managers and stakeholders, become a great storyteller. We shouldn’t be just updating where we’re up to. We need to go back to the start, identify how we got to where we’re at, identify where we are and what we’re doing and where we want to be. Creating that story brings everyone onto the same page and keeps everyone going forward at the same pace.
Volunteering in your chosen profession and industry allows you to learn from others and also grow your network at the same time. It is such a valuable way to engage not only your peers and colleagues but promoting yourself.
Want to show your appreciation for your favourite project manager? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Tell them they’re great: sometimes we forget to let people know what a great job they’re doing, so use IPM Day as an excuse to acknowledge the efforts of an individual or team (privately or publicly!). Share your appreciation online too, and use the hashtag #IPMDay2022.
Get them a present: it doesn’t need to cost the earth; most project managers will be thrilled if you bring their favourite coffee to a meeting. Add some cake and you’ll have a friend for life. And if they’re working remotely? Get it delivered.
Invest in them: IPM Day would be a great time to review where your team is at and review options for their professional development. You could even shout them professional membership or certification to open doors and recognise their skills and experience.
We hope you enjoyed our advice and tips. A big thanks to our national chapters for taking the time to contribute.
AIPM members are invited to help us celebrate International Project Management Day (in late November) at our complimentary webinar where we will discuss the state of the project management profession in Australia in 2022.
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