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Golden rules of good project management

In a nutshell, good project management means first working out what needs to be done and then making sure it all gets done on time. And that can be harder than it sounds. Here are three golden rules to ensure your project runs smoothly.

Whether you’re supporting a product launch or producing a magazine, good project management is the secret to delivering fabulous results on time and on budget. Sure, there are dozens of things that can go wrong – you can’t plan for them all. But many of them can be avoided by following three golden rules. Stick to these three, and your project will go much more smoothly.

Verify all your assumptions

For each project, make sure you take the time to think things through properly. And that includes verifying all your assumptions – such as how long the designer will need, or how long it will take to get the texts approved. Getting everything straight right at the start will save you time and money later on.

Regularly check on progress

Just because this project is your top priority, other people may not be able to give it the same level of importance. Plan in some quick catch-up sessions, just to check on how things are going, and issue friendly, but timely reminders in advance of key deadlines.

Keep your in-tray empty

As the project manager, everything should come through you. Is this design ready to be checked by the business manager? That’s your call. Is this translation good enough, or does a professional copywriter need to review it? That’s your call, too. Make sure you prioritise these relatively quick decisions, so that everyone else can keep on making progress.

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