When I started my career in tech, I had no idea what I was doing. I was fresh out of college, and the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to work in the tech industry.
So I took whatever job I could find and started learning on the job (Find my story here: My Story: 101 – My journey from Security Guard to Full-stack Engineer ).
It was a steep learning curve, but over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to manage a successful tech project. Here are 10 of the most important lessons I’ve learned:
1. Define the scope of the project clearly from the start.
2. Assemble a strong team of experts who can provide complementary skills.
3. Make sure everyone is on the same page from the beginning by creating detailed project plans and timelines.
4. Stay flexible and be prepared to make changes to the plans as necessary. Things rarely go according to plan!
5. Manage risks proactively and plan for contingencies.
6. Communicate regularly with all stakeholders to keep them updated on progress and potential risks.
7. Be transparent about problems and challenges- hiding them will only make things worse in the long run.
8. Celebrate successes to keep morale high and motivate the team to keep going.
9. Learn from your mistakes- every project presents an opportunity to grow and improve.
10. Have fun! Managing a tech project can be challenging, but it can also be advantageous. Enjoy the process and try to make the most of it.
If you’re a non-technical founder, these lessons can be invaluable in helping you get your project off the ground. I’ve seen too many projects fail because the team didn’t have the right skills or they didn’t take the time to plan properly.
By following these 10 simple tips, you can avoid making the same mistakes and set yourself up for success.