One of the areas many solopreneurs, individual contributors, leaders and teams find themselves involved with is project management. If this is an area of interest for you, be sure to check out the March 2019 call on Project Management foundations.
One of the tools I quickly touched on was the Traffic Light. As a former project manager, this was an essential tool for keeping many of the projects I managed rolling. The spotlight is often a visual signal for project status reports, or project status meetings, giving us the thumbs up as to how things are going.
Here’s what I’ve written about the Stoplight as it relates to time management in Teams365 #553.
Project status meetings are critical in project management, providing an opportunity to check in on where the project and all its components are at, as well as seeing what needs attention. The red light, yellow light and green light status updates gives us a snapshot of what's not online, what needs attention and what's going well.
Project Status meetings are also an opportunity to invest in some team development including a focus on:
1. What roles are we playing?
2. What are the different perspectives around the project from each one of our locations? What's similar with these perspectives? What's different?
3. Who needs different type of support than they are getting?
4. Who else, or what else, do we need on the team in order to be successful?
5. What do we need to celebrate in terms of our achievements so far?
What other questions would you want to include at your next project status meeting?
Whether it’s tweaking your project status meetings to make them more of a regular occurrence, or adopting the spotlight approach, what are the things you want to focus on?
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Jennifer Britton is the blogger behind the popular Teams365 blog, a daily,blog for team leaders and members since 2014. Her latest publication is the PlanDoTrack Workbook and Planner. Pick up a copy at Amazon.
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