While in conversation with D.J. Rana of Marketing at Mitra Innovation, Rajinda Rathnapala, Senior Project Manager of Mitra Innovation spoke his thoughts on key areas in Project Management that are recognised by executives and stakeholders as indispensable skills that bring true strategic value to their projects and long-term strategies:

1.Finding and retaining the right talent

“When you spend a lot of time and energy on technical aspects of project execution, it can leave a gap in soft leadership skills. Though technical know how is essential, we put as much focus on hiring and retaining Project Managers who have the skills to drive by example, build trust, create an open culture, drive changes, and drive customer ‘Buy-in’. Ultimately, that’s what creates top Project Managers who understand the value they bring.” 

2.Understanding client’s strategic goals

“It’s about discovering and implementing high-impact, high-visibility opportunities. That’s what creates value for the customer. If a project is delivered on time and on budget but does not create value for the client, then it really does not matter that it was delivered. Projects have to have a positive impact. It should enable the business to become more buoyant and flexible.” 

“A project manager’s value comes when stakeholders and executives can distinguish a direct line back to strategic goals, with clear direction and a transparent flow of communication that flows from project leaders, to all areas of the organisation, regarding how projects are moving forward.” 

3.Reporting on what the client really cares about, and creating more value

“Key performance indicators (KPIs); quantitative or qualitative, play an important role. A project manager should be able to regularly report progress to project sponsors and stakeholders. They should be able to provide transparency  into project and portfolio performance with absolute confidence.” 

“The best practice is for Project Leaders to commence any project with a preliminary discussion with project stakeholders, executives, and teams, and define clear-cut information about what they are looking for in reference to KPIs and ongoing project insights. This allows the project manager to nail-down the types of data they need to analyse, and gather timely and relevant business intelligence, and have the right tools in place that provides relevant, to-the-point dashboards at-a-glance to capture pertinent real-time data from multiple sources, displayed visually. This enables every team member to quickly and easily access KPIs in an instant.” 

Project managers who adhere to these project management tips will achieve on-time, on-budget delivery of high-profile projects, thereby increasing the success rates of their projects and career prospects, he concluded.

Also published on DailyFT and The Island

DJ Rana

Marketing | Mitra Innovation

Rajinda Rathnapala

Senior Project Manager | Mitra Innovation

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