4 Tips for First-Time Project Managers in the Public Sector!

Project Managers

As a first-time project manager working in the public sector, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There is a lot on your plate with multiple tasks requiring your attention at any given time.

Before you know it, things can start to slip through the cracks and feel like they are out of your control which will prevent you from being effective in your job. 

Rather than let it get to that point, here are some tips that are ideal for first-time project managers such as yourself. They will help you stay grounded, focused and organised so you’re the best possible project manager.

1. Be Aware of Risks and Have a Plan

There’s nothing wrong with going into your job with a positive outlook; that is something that is greatly appreciated. However, you also need to be realistic. There will be risks and challenges in each project you tackle, so it’s best to be prepared and have a detailed plan in place. Should one of these challenges arise, there will be no time wasted and you can jump into action following the plan.

2. Keep the Door Open for Employees

As a project manager, much of your job will entail delegation. You’ll be counting on your staff to perform a wide array of duties so you can focus on the bigger picture. With that said, your staff will have an up-close look at how things are flowing, what the area of concern is and what is running smoothly. It’s important that as a manager you create an open-door policy for employees where they feel comfortable coming to you.

Employees should be encouraged to share their thoughts, tips, ideas, concerns and feelings as this is the kind of direct knowledge that can help with planning. There’s a good chance they will have insight that you would never have even known about. This also means it’s worth your time to get to know each team member, as you will be relying on them daily.

3. Never Assume That Your Learning is Done

Another tip is to never get too comfortable in your level of knowledge. Never assume you know all there is to know about being an effective leader because times change, as do managing styles, techniques, tools and systems. Learning more about public sector project management will not only benefit you and your management style but the company as a whole. 

4. Are You Familiar with the Latest Software Tools?

Finally, ask yourself if you’re well-versed in the latest software tools. The software can make your job easier, faster and more streamlined which benefits the company. If you’re not familiar with the most cutting-edge technology, now is the time to learn.

That could mean taking a class or course to beef up your knowledge. With automation being such an important feature in businesses including the public sector, embracing technology is absolutely essential.

Each of these tips will help guide first-time project managers in the public sector so they can develop their skills, learn new ones and apply them in the most beneficial way possible.

Project Managers article and permission to publish here provided by Sara Edwards. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on May 1, 2023.

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