Regard Yakou has worked in a project management capacity for the majority of his career, often taking control of large groups of people and handling budgets in excess of $100 million. Those who are just starting out in the field may see such figures and become intimidated by them, but there a number of pieces of advice that can help novice project managers develop the skills they will need should they reach such points in their careers, including all of the following.
Communication is going to be key in your success as a project manager, but this extends far beyond the ability to deliver instructions to your teams and reports to senior management. You must also become a very capable listener who is willing and able to take what you have been told and apply it to your work in order to increase productivity and ensure the success of your projects.
Know Your Customer
Practically all of the projects that you work on will result in some form of deliverable for a customer, be it an external client or internal stakeholder. As such, you must understand the needs of your customers and how you will go about meeting them. Maintaining regular communication and providing updates is crucial if your project is to result in something that matches the customer’s vision.
Find A Mentor
Regard Yakou has dedicated himself to constant learning throughout his career. New project managers should start their journeys by finding people who are able to offer them advice and guidance in every area of the job.