With Halloween just around the corner, many of us will put on our creepy monster costumes and go outside to scare people but what does Halloween mean for project managers. You might be thinking what Halloween has to do with project management. Well, you’ll be surprised to know that project management and Halloween have quite a few similarities.
To prevent your project from becoming a nightmare or a frightening story, here are five commonalities between project management and Halloween that you should be aware of.
1. Fear of Old Ghosts:
Similar to Halloween, project managers also encounter ghosts from their past. The fear of failure and the repetition of the same mistakes is a monster that devours a project’s progress. Project managers can easily overcome this fear by learning from their mistakes. If you consider each mistake as an opportunity to learn, you can not only overcome your fear of failure but also reduces the chances of making mistakes.
2. Watch Out For Red Flags:
On the eve of Halloween, every person welcomes the night with caution, keeping a close eye on witches and zombies lurking in the dark and waiting to pounce on you. As a project manager, you should also manage your risks and be careful about the factors that can lead your project towards failure. That is where a task management tool can help you in identifying and mitigating risks. Without effective risk management, it is impossible to complete your project before the deadline or inside the budget.
3. Work In Teams To Achieve Common Goal:
Whether you are working with a team on a project or going out with friends to Halloween parties, each team member should be aware of his or her role to execute plans effectively. For successful project completion, it is important that you select the right people to be a part of your team. Secondly, make sure that all team members are on the same page and have a clear understanding of what role they have to play in order to make your project successful.
4. Set the bar high:
Another important lesson that project managers can learn from Halloween is to aim high. With everyone competing for the most spooky costume awards, you have to set an ambitious goal. A famous quote by W. Clement Stone sums it up brilliantly, “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” Set clear objectives so that all your team members can contribute towards success.
5. Mould Yourself According to the Situation:
Your choice of costume is heavily dependent on the location of the Halloween party. Similarly, a project manager also considers the external environment and other factors and takes decisions accordingly. The primary objective of a project manager is to shape the project according to client’s requirements to ensure maximum client satisfaction.
Never thought an event like Halloween could teach you so many important business lessons. Well, after reading this article, your perspective of looking at things might change. If you want to reduce the risk of project failure, it is important to learn from ghosts of the past and take steps to ensure they don’t haunt you in the future. Keep an eye on roadblocks that can put your project off-track. Devise a method to deal with them by following a proactive approach instead of a reactive approach.
Form a team of skillful individuals and bring them on the same page to achieve your project objectives. With a formidable team working cohesively to achieve a common goal, your project is bound to succeed. Mould your project according to the changing environment and consider all the factors before taking critical project decisions.
If you know about any other similarity between project management and Halloween, feel free to trick-or-treating them in the comments section below.