Hi All,

Here is an article which lists down 5 key points (at least one of these points I keep forgetting!) for a PM.

The best I liked is Point No:4 and that is quoted here fully.

Read through and be assured that all of us will find it very useful.



Point 1: Work Harder Than Everyone Else

Point 2: Show People, then Let Them Run With It

Point 3: Stay Away Unless You Add Value

Point 4: Be Ruthless About One Thing, Not Everything

This point is tightly coupled with Point 3; If a manager canít be everywhere at every time overseeing everything, then how do they maintain control of a project?

According to Mark you can still exert proper control and oversight by becoming ruthless about one thing. Mark believed that deep-diving one area of a project was infinitely more beneficial than skimming half-heartedly over a dozen areas.

The area that usually makes the most sense is cost. Becoming involved with--and on top of--the inner-most details of the project expenditures will help you keep on top of what is really going on. This could be followed closely by the schedule and milestones. Hitting your delivery and doing it with budget are usually the big factors on projects.

By limiting your obsession to one area you have brought your workload into the realm of something that is attainable and will allow you to make decisions or react to problems in a closer to real-time fashion. Just the speed alone that this technique brings is priceless.

Point 5: Lighten Up When Things Get Heavy

Bonus Point: Get Paid for Thinking Rather than Doing


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From India , Mumbai
Associate Director - Delivery
+2 Others

Dear Bala
I slightly differ with this ( I amy be wrong ) working Harder is the job of workers Managers has to work SMARTLY THAN OTHERS.
It would be my most pleasure discussing with you and forum.

From India , Ahmadabad
I agree with both of you, Bala & Lalit A manager must work hard to smartly make his team work for him and the project :)
From India , Hyderabad
soni Sinha
I gone through the discussion happen here and agree with them. i wanted to add some points Managers should have skills to take the work from the middle level and lower level employee smartly.
In Point 3: Have mentioned Stay away unless you add values
I wanted to say utill and unless you would not get involved in any circumstances you never come to understand the individual so by keeping self away how anyone can add values.

From India , Mumbai
The third point there indirectly means that the M should not unnecessarily poke himself/herself with his team members and the way they do their work.
I say this because there would be a few "flashy" bosses who would just turn up at your desk anytime, interrupt your work, ask you how things are going (good if they stop there and say bye ;) ), then suggest a few changes - which, you know, are not going to add any value to the end task (be it reduced time taken, better quality etc).
The point here is that just dont bother yourself with something that you know you're not sure about. And give your people the right to think and do things their way, unless you're sure your inputs would add good value.

From India , Hyderabad
Dear Friends
It is my most pleasure having good interaction with highly ignited and prudent group.
I wish to add little in following discussion.......
The Proficient Boss should not go behing dictating the solutions to their subbordinates...In fact a good boss always should allow subbordinates to come up / submit their views ( Brain stromming ) course ultimate discison lies with boss only hence this style proves to be very motivating and resulting in to very productive.
I shall wait for your brillient views on this.
Lalit :lol:

From India , Ahmadabad

The point 3 means that the PM should stay away if he/she cannot add any value for the job. Obviously the PM does need to know and should definitely know the project well and also what is going on in the project. The point 3 means only that - do not interfere if he/she cannot add value.

From India , Mumbai

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