[Music Intro]>>Hello, I’m Jennifer Whitt, Director of ProjectManager.com.
Well, welcome to our whiteboard session today on Managing Your Project Priorities. If it’s
not enough to manage everyone else’s priorities, tasks, deliverables on the project, one of
the hardest things to do is manage our own. So, let’s take a look at this. I want to provide a few tips today on managing
your project priorities. Number one, what is a project priority? Well, just about everything.
There’s a list, and on the list is deliverables, task, meetings, celebrations, people, milestones,
schedule, basically everything baseline in the project plan. So, who helps set the priorities? Well, we think just about everyone on the
project does, but it’s actually the stakeholders and the change control board. Again, all of
our priorities are set by the baseline project plan, and again, the people who are responsible
for managing our priorities or setting them are the stakeholders or change control board.
It’s important to make sure and ensure that their expectations are aligned to the project
plan and are throughout the project. Because what happens is, throughout the course
of the project, the expectations, assumptions start being made as things change on the project.
Different expectations start changing, and we, as the project manager, have to work with
the stakeholders and the change control board to make sure all of it remains aligned with
the baseline project plan. Or we work with them to change things, make decisions, and
agree upon and re-baseline the project plan. So how do we go about managing our project
priorities with all of these things occurring? Well, we have to do the same thing for our
project priorities that we do on the project. So, it’s the principles of monitoring, controlling,
and escalating, finding out what’s off track and getting back on track as quickly as possible,
and escalating to the people that we need to in order to get those things done. So, a reminder is, we do what we love, and
we’re good at doing, and which does not always align with our project priorities. I know
that I have things that I enjoy doing throughout a project more than others. So, there are
some things that I need to remember and that I want to share with you is keeping a focus. So, there are so many dynamics changing throughout
the duration of the project, so many people, and so many interactions that it’s critical
for me to keep focused on what my project priorities are. Because if mine get out of
control, I’m impacting the project as well. Keeping a discipline – I mean, it keeps a
discipline to keep everything organized, and so a discipline on remembering that we have
our own project priorities too. Then, boundaries, again, it’s really important
to keep boundaries from people coming by trying to reset our own project priorities or baselines
and making assumptions. So, we have to keep good boundaries, a good discipline, and good
focus to keep our project priorities on track and delegate, remembering that we do what
we love and what we’re great at doing. So, we usually get those things done and delegate
to others who have the skill sets, the training or the love of doing some things that we don’t
like to. With those things in mind, it helps us keep our priorities back on track, so we’re
not the one at the end of the day on the red, yellow, and green report. That’s red. At ProjectManager.com, we’ve incorporated
these best practices into our software. So, if you need any tips, tools, or techniques
in helping you manage your project priorities, then visit us at ProjectManager.com.