If you have been placed in charge of an upcoming work project and you haven’t had much experience in this field yet, it can initially seem a daunting prospect.
Yet, what tends to throw many people off course when attempting a vast scale project for the first time is the word, change. With any project management comes the need to make and implement change as when it’s called for.
This can be a stressful time for those who are used to following procedures to the letter, but not having to halt their progress and take control of changes.
Yet, if you’re to keep your project moving forward successfully, change will have to become second nature if you want to accomplish success.
Adapt Changes into Your Everyday Working Life
Only when we accept change can we fully embrace it and when it comes to a work project, change is more than likely inevitable. The way of dealing effectively with such change and working it to your advantage is to prepare yourself for the inevitable and plan accordingly for it.
Develop some strategies for dealing with possible changes along the way, therefore, predicting them before they happen. That way when they do present themselves, you are able to deal more methodically with them and are less stressed because of being aware of them beforehand.
Get as Much Information as You Need About the Required Changes
When changes are required or requested in your current work project, make sure you stop and get as much detail about them as you can before making any further moves.
Whether it be from people on the phone, email requests, written documentation, meetings or even those last-minute mentions as you run out of the office doors late into the evening, have a place to record all the changes and the subsequent actions you’ll need to accommodate them
This way, when you do start to implement differences into your project, you’ll have all the recommended suggestions and requirements covered and can see the bigger picture as a result.
Think of the Bigger Picture
Sometimes, a succession of delays or continued problems can lead to doubt about a work project, leaving you in some uncertainty when applying so many changes to it.
Cavendish is quick to remind those feeling the strain of having to implement and work with such changes that some of the world’s best projects have experienced some of the most problematic delays. But, with perseverance, they have gone on to accomplish significant achievements!
Many projects, proposals and plans in the world of business experience various teething problems along the way. However, how you are prepared to approach such issues and, more importantly, work with them to change them to your advantage, is what will determine how successful your own project is.
Talk about these changes with your team, share as much as the process as you can with those involved and, above all, don’t be afraid to say no. Not every single change will be sensible! Use your skills, knowledge and new-found confidence, and you’ll soon be managing your project successfully.