What do people say about you when you’re too much into your projects?
Do they think it’s a nightmare working with you on projects?
As a founder or a project manager, you may also want to achieve enough freedom for innovation, creativity, and personal judgment by stepping aside from the projects.
But striking the right balance between involvement and flexibility so that your team enjoys working with you (and you get a breather) isn’t easy.
If you can’t wait to get rid of the problems, the setups, the processes, the never-ending communication, I hear you.
Trust me. I understand being tired of the constant need to be involved in the business and the desire to step away from it.
That waiting for the day when you’re no longer putting out fires.
I get it.
But, Juliana, how to achieve that project management freedom?
With the right:
Equip your business with project management tools that are worth your time and investment.
From project management systems to databases, time tracking software, and communication tools — you need it all to allow users to control their tasks, conversations, and projects better.
I’ve said this before, and I’m repeating it now: documents and data are the real treasure of your business.
You must centralize all the documents so that everyone can use them without creating further dependencies.
Get a hold of all your decks, videos, client folders/doc management, internal files, sketches, client/vendor contracts, misc servers, etc.
You’ll be one step closer to project management freedom.
As for the workflows, gather everything you’ve got to figure out what needs to be created, what can go into standardization, and what into optimization.
To up your game, go by these rules:
- Too many workflows? Play cleanup. Did you audit your workflow templates and found that you’ve got too many? See if a thing sparks joy. If not, get rid of it so that it doesn’t clog up your system.
- Not any? Let’s go. And if you don’t have any, or if you’re missing a lot, let’s go and build them.
But know this: Building templates is a team sport — not something you can do all by yourself. Get your team involved.
One of the reasons why it is difficult for a lot of people to delegate the project management system and train people is because a lot of it has to do with making decisions.
So, how to train alongside decisions so that you can delegate stuff well?
For external, such as client requests, have a decision tree around them to make decisions quickly.
For internal, create a change board for initiatives. Evaluate the idea, the resources that are necessary for it, the objectives, and the outcomes. Then accept or reject it.
For meetings, optimize them.
Because if you are in meetings all the time and they aren’t even useful, you’re reducing capacity. Don’t do that, my friend. Don’t do that.
Without metrics and people, you just got a lot of pretty stuff.
So, to ensure you achieve project management freedom, reward people based on their performances.
And create some hashtags as you do it.
Something like #beastmode, #awesome, etc.
That way, when you can look for a particular hashtag, and see who has achieved how many, you can be like, “Wow, Jenny has got 15 beast modes in the last month. Let’s incentivize her.”
You can do this to quantify performance, both on the positive and the negative side.
Ninja Your Project Management
When it comes to project management, make sure that it all works like a lean, mean competitive machine, like a beautiful organism.
Achieve freedom by:
- Using the right tools
- Centralizing documents
- Auditing workflows
- Investing in training and making decisions alongside
- Measuring performance