As a project leader, you are the boss of the project. It is your responsibility to organize all of the resources (time, money, and people) and then make sure that they are doing what they need to do in order to finish the work.
Often people who are called on to lead a project will start by defining the project schedule and allocate the work that needs to be done. But then as the project progresses, they don’t check to make sure that the right work is being done. They have no process to monitor what is complete, and what is yet outstanding. And then towards the end of the project, when it comes to light that much of the work isn’t done, everyone turns to someone else to wonder why things aren’t done.
There is a better way. As a project leader, you must manage the work that is happening. There are four aspects to managing:
- Tell people what needs to be done.
- Check to make sure that people are equiped to complete the work. This means that they have the right skill, knowledge, resources, and motivation to complete the task.
- Confirm that the work is done. If it is not done jump to step #1.
- Celebrate the complete work. This might be updating a project schedule, sending a not of encouragement, or publicly celebrating success.
As a project leader you can’t assume that the work is going to be done after the project plan is complete. You must actively manage the project to usher in success.