What is it to be a project manager? There are many definitions, and it can really mean whatever you want it to, depending on the job.
Which best describes you?
- Are you a business manager responsible for the effectiveness or efficiency of a team?
- Are you a professional project manager who is certified in a set of project management methodologies?
- Are you responsible for any type of workflow or process involving a team of people?
- Are you an individual who manages work projects or personal projects?
While each type of project manager role is different, they all have a few things in common. All are accountable for the success of the project. You must know what is going on, who is doing what, when things are getting done, if something will be late and the impact of delays or changes. Whether it involves building a new piece of software or planning a bake sale for your local community fundraiser, project management is not easy. Project managers must communicate with their teams constantly, seek and provide updates, make estimations or forecasts and manage other coordination efforts.
Naturally, project managers are always looking for new ways to make project management easier. There are many techniques and tools available that help project managers do their job, but none are as effective at keeping everyone on the same page as visual project management.
Visual Project Management
Visual project management is a way to see what’s going on at a glance without having to involve yourself in the details. Questions of who, what, when, where, why and how can be answered quickly by using visual project management tools like task boards, kanban, online collaboration tools and online project management tools. Depending on a person’s role and the set of project management tools being used, these and other questions can be quickly answered.
The Devil is in the Details
From the outside, managing projects may seem easy, but we all know the devil is in the details. Managing changes and shifting priorities can seem impossible in the midst of everything else. Change management is a skill that all project managers must practice to both keep projects on track and to maintain a healthy level of sanity. To manage change effectively while being able to drive projects forward (and get a full night’s sleep), project managers turn to visual proejct management.