What are the key focus areas for a project manager to be successful?

Akash Bhattacharya
3 min readNov 4, 2019

Let’s dig deep into top 3 aspects.

As a project manager, there are many times when you will be confused about your key goals. While there are many (& many & many) aspects to focus on, let me try to explain the 3 key aspects to focus and why they are more important than anything else.

Build credibility. Credibility is the currency of a PM.

Working in a customer location for the last number of years, I thing which I totally rely upon is credibility. The credibility is the big fish, and under its hood, there are other key items like integrity and reliability.

When your manager assigns any work, can he utterly trust you to complete the same? If you complete the same on time with quality, you get a positive point. Over a period of time, you keep on accumulating the positive points. More positive points you collect, you build credibility.

While working on the assignments, do you work independently and do justice to the role? If the role is client-facing, are you impartial in your decision making without any bias to your organisation? It’s not easy, but that where you need to justice to this role.

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Make actions. Take a tangible idea and make it actionable.

All the stakeholders around you, be it your manager, peers, technical members, or users/customers will shower you with all possible ideas. Always welcome all kind of inputs, be it realistic or crazy.

However, it’s your job to take an idea which is tangible and make it actionable. What are the actions needed to identify to make progress?

Spend your own time and work with the idea providers on the tasks. The tasks which can be executed within a stipulated timeframe.

The output of the actions should give you enough information to decide whether to proceed with the idea or not.

Akash Bhattacharya

Software Product Maintenance. Writes about #book, #people, #product, #productivity