What Is Your Project Management Style?
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Everyone has a different management style to get the job done. What’s your Project Manager personality? There’s more than one way to do your work in a thoughtful way. Accomplishing goals and ensuring you’ve got great follow-through can come in different packages. Are you an Organizer, Traditionalist, Innovator, or Inspirational Project Manager? Take our quiz to see where you land!
1. Which statement resonates with you the most about your project management personality?
Rushing into a project without setting up a plan is a mistake, no matter how short the timeline.
Keeping a project on time, within budget and in scope is the foundation of a successful project.
New ideas about how a project can be run are always welcome; you can learn something new every day.
Keeping the team motivated to do a great job will ensure success.
2. You have a client that is trying to change the scope of work midstream. Your reaction is:
This can cause issues since we didn’t plan for this from the start. We’ll have to divert from the plan that was laid out.
I will continue to remind the client that changes will push the timeline and budget out.
I welcome ideas about the progress of the project; we will find a way to make it work!
I’ll do my best and encourage the customer to look at the bigger picture while being flexible. I want to make sure that they’re happy with the job we’re doing!
3. You’ve assigned tasks to another team member. He’s taken much longer to complete a specific task than we’ve planned for. What do you think to yourself?
Argh, we didn’t plan for these extra hours!
This extra time is going to push us off our timeline!
Maybe there was something I didn’t think of when laying out the plan for this project that caused this task to take longer.
I’m sure he had a good reason; we should chat about it!
4. Looking back at the projects you’ve completed, your work tends to be:
According to plan. Set it up correctly from the start and it’s always a success.
Within budget and scope. Timelines are met and punch lists are completed.
Full of new ideas! There’s always room for innovation and improvement.
Pleasing to everyone from the clients to your co-workers!
5. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a strategist
I’m a mentor
6. What is your favorite part about taking on a new project?
Devising a game plan is the best!
Seeing a project come to fruition while meeting all milestones.
Finding new ways to improve our processes is exciting!
Working with people and finding some fun over the course of a project.
7. What quality do you most admire about yourself in the workplace?
I’m organized and precise
I’m a stickler for the rules
I’m a lover of learning
I’m a people person
8. Productivity is key. How do you motivate the team?
Challenge the team; have a proper project plan in place.
Doing a good job should be motivation enough.
Find some new incentives for reaching milestones.
Reward the team with treats or awards.
9. A project has missed some crucial milestones. How do you react?
We need to rehash the project from start to finish to figure out exactly where we made mistakes.
I know exactly where mistakes were made and I’ve already got them documented
I’ve got some new ideas on ways we can be more efficient next time.
I reassure the team that we can take some lessons learned to improve our performance for our next project.
10. A project’s success is measured by:
How well organized the project was.
How close to on time, on budget and within scope.
How you integrated new ideas and tools.
How happy both the client and team are with the results.