Managing an impeccable project requires skill, time management and being able to bring out the best talents of every individual in the team. It also implies having accurate knowledge of your resources and being able to utilize this information to your best advantage.
For a project manager working in a third world country, this may prove to be more complicated than you’d like. Fortunately, the task can be made manageable! The key is to use the right strategies, to not lose your cool and to expect the unexpected. Here are some of the most useful tips that you’ll be glad you stumbled upon.
- Bring the team together. Individuals in a third world country are commonly seen to solely care about their own ambitions and of their own monetary interests associated with the project. The project manager must help the team members realize that the success of the team = personal success.
- Frequent communication! One-on-one meetings and a very reliable Internet or telephone connection are necessary. A separate budget for traveling and the communication infrastructure is a must.
- Plan for the worst case scenario. Political instability, military disturbances, social issues and major economic instability cannot be ignored and put aside to deal with later. Address these issues while making the initial plan, not after the fact.
- Incentives, incentives, incentives! Bonuses, promotions or any other materialistic gains will ensure the attentiveness and the motivation of every individual within a team. Your team will need incentives offered so don’t pull back.
- Understand standards may be compromised for the sake of local conditions.Expect that, however, don’t let this be an excuse for every time you slacken.
- Communicate with the client, whether he/she is not present in the same country as you, be on the same page when it comes to time management, planning and setting up a schedule.
- Risk management, human resource management, project quality management and cost management planning needs to be effectively carried out. If you manage the team properly, identify risks involved, outline the budget and doe not let compromises be made on quality, your team will succeed!