Lessons Learned

Projects do not always turn out exactly the as planned.  Having worked on a number of projects throughout my education and career, here are several of the most important Lessons I have Learned.

Plan Early

Planning is perhaps the most important part of the Project Lifecycle.  If done well, planning will provide the greatest possible chance for success in execution.  Sometimes, it is easy to fall into the trap of attempting to “plan as you go”.  In these cases, planning and execution often occur simultaneously.  This should be avoided if at all possible.

Delegate Often

When planning occurs early enough, then there is no reason not to delegate tasks.  Some people have a tendency – and I list myself among these people – to complete all tasks on our own and minimize teamwork.  This approach does not take full advantage of the talents and skills of your team members.  By delegated deliverables and responsibility, it frees up more time for the project manager to control and monitor progress.

Respect People

Do not make the mistake of treating team members as if a specific project will be the only future interactions with the person.  Always remember that team members come to work each day wanting to do a go job.  It is the project manager’s role to communication efficiently and effectively in order to describe what that looks like.


I have completed many projects where I failed to do some of these items, and the results were not as ideal as they could have been.  I encourage every project manager to take these lessons to heart and hope they assist with your success.

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About davidbernst

Hello! My name is David Ernst and you've reached my blog. I've spent my professional career as a teacher, customer service supervisor, and pediatric office manager.
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