Project coordination: the key skills and responsibilities to facilitate your team’s success 

Check out tips and best practices to help you master project coordination and elevate your team’s effectiveness.

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Even the most organized and detail-oriented individuals can struggle without the right project coordination strategies, which makes it easy for things to fall through the cracks.

But fear not—whether you’re a seasoned pro or completely new to managing projects, I’m here to share insight and tips I’ve learned in my career about setting up effective workflow plans that take your team's effectiveness to a whole new level.

What is project coordination?

Project coordination involves aligning the different aspects of a project to make sure all the moving parts work towards a common goal.

This means that the folks in charge of project coordination must have excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills to ensure that everyone involved in the project understands their roles and responsibilities and is moving forward in unison.

Here are some critical aspects of project coordination that contribute to project success:

  1. Maintaining clear communication with team members, stakeholders, and clients: open lines of communication help address concerns, share updates, and establish expectations. This makes sure everyone stays informed and works towards the same goals.
  2. Thoroughly and accurately documenting project progress and plans: keeping detailed records of project milestones, objectives, and strategies helps track progress while also serving as a reference for future projects.
  3. Scheduling and organizing meetings and ensuring proper documentation: regular meetings can be used to maintain momentum, address challenges, and celebrate achievements. Documenting their outcomes keeps everyone accountable and well-informed.
  4. Employing automated workflow software solutions to streamline processes where possible: using technology to manage day-to-day tasks, deadlines, and communication can save time and reduce the risk of errors, helping the project run more efficiently
  5. Fostering collaboration among team members to enhance problem-solving abilities: encouraging team members to share ideas, knowledge, and resources can lead to more innovative solutions and a stronger sense of camaraderie.
  6. Acting as a thought partner to the project manager or other project team members: providing valuable insights and perspective can help team members make informed decisions and overcome challenges.
  7. Following up with project team members as tasks approach their due dates and providing support when needed: monitoring progress and offering assistance ensures that project tasks are completed on time and to the highest standard.
Resource allocation in Float
This is what resource allocation on an engineering team might look like in Float—and why it’s often very useful to have a project coordinator to manage it!


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Why you need a project coordinator

Smaller projects might not always require a full-time project coordinator, depending on their size and complexity: a skilled project manager can usually perform project coordination tasks to ensure smooth progress.

However, a dedicated project coordinator is often essential to keep everything on track and meet deadlines for larger-scale projects. Remember: project coordinators are responsible for follow-ups, which are crucial for timely project completion.

In my experience running projects, I’ve typically handled project management and coordination responsibilities. It’s only during the most sizable projects that I’ve been able to allocate a dedicated person (even if only part-time) to project coordinator duties. My best experiences with project coordinators have been when they are aspiring project managers: they are eager to learn, happy to help, and always looking for ways to enhance project efficiency and effectiveness to achieve the desired outcomes.

I had the pleasure of working closely with two amazing individuals who began as project coordinators on large technology projects. They were fantastic in their roles and have since moved on to lead projects themselves as titled project managers or manage large teams.

On a personal note, I enjoyed working with them so much that we’ve become close friends. Project coordinators genuinely make all the difference 😉

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Project coordinators make all the difference for project delivery.

The roles & responsibilities of a project coordinator

Project coordination is essential to every project, regardless of size or complexity. In some cases, a dedicated project coordinator is assigned to the role, often serving as a highly detail-oriented project manager in the making.

Having someone focused on coordinating tasks, documentation, and communication makes sure the project runs smoothly, preventing potential delays caused by miscommunication or missed deadlines.

A project coordinator’s responsibilities may include:

  • Managing tasks, project timelines, and documentation associated with the project, ensuring everything is organized and up-to-date
  • Organizing and scheduling meetings, promoting effective collaboration and decision-making
  • Communicating updates and keeping all team members and stakeholders informed about progress, challenges, and next steps, fostering a transparent and collaborative environment
  • Working closely with team members to guarantee all aspects of the project are addressed and completed on time
  • Tracking tasks and milestones, ensuring timely completion and accountability
  • Creating essential documents, such as user stories or product roadmaps, to guide the project’s direction and scope
  • Budgeting for and optimizing resource allocation
  • Conducting risk assessments, identifying potential issues, and developing mitigation strategies
  • Brainstorming solutions that could benefit the project, encouraging innovation and problem-solving

In essence, a project coordinator serves as the right-hand partner of a project manager and plays a crucial role in delivering successful project outcomes. By focusing on effective project coordination, you can create a well-structured and efficient environment.



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10 best practices for project coordination

In my experience, whether you’re a full-time project coordinator or just occasionally responsible for coordinating projects, these 10 best practices and tips will usually lead to successful project coordination:

1. Build effective collaboration

Partner closely with project managers, project sponsors, workstream leads, and other stakeholders. Establish strong relationships and trust with everyone involved in the project.

2. Maintain clear communication

Keep communication channels open with team members, stakeholders, and clients. Be a trusted source of accurate information about the entire project. Regular meetings and check-ins will help keep everyone aligned and focused on the goals.

3. Document project progress and plans thoroughly and accurately

Make your documentation visible to stakeholders and always keep it up-to-date.

4. Encourage collaboration among team members

Facilitate problem-solving skills by fostering a collaborative environment. Bring people together when needed to ensure effective teamwork.

5. Monitor progress regularly and remain flexible

Identify areas that need improvement or attention from the project coordinator or other stakeholders. Adapt quickly to changes in project scope or timeline if necessary, embracing change and proactively managing its impact on the project.

6. Prioritize tasks

Consider the importance, urgency, complexity, and skills needed for each task, both for yourself and the team. Focus on the most critical tasks to work smarter, not harder.

7. Leverage data analysis capabilities

Utilize technology and data analysis tools to inform decisions and identify areas for process improvement in project coordination.

8. Set SMART goals

Establish specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound goals for both yourself and the project. Use these goals as benchmarks to track progress and success.

9. Utilize automated workflow software

Streamline processes where possible by automating repetitive tasks. This allows project coordinators and managers to focus on thinking, synthesizing, and collaborating for project success.

10. Ensure appropriate storage systems are in place

Facilitate easy access to relevant documents throughout the project by implementing organized and efficient storage systems. This is essential for maintaining smooth project operations and good communication skills.

Ready to boost your project coordinating skills?

Project coordination is an essential component of project management—yet it can occasionally be neglected. Its primary objective is to make sure projects are finished on time, within project budget, and with teams functioning effectively.

Investing time and effort in refining your project coordination skills will empower you to overcome challenges and drive your organization’s projects to success. As you continue to grow in your role, you’ll develop the ability to anticipate potential issues and find innovative solutions to keep projects on track.

You can start enhancing your project coordination skills today, no matter your job title, and lead your teams and projects toward a more successful future. Remember, your commitment to improving project coordination will have a lasting impact on your team’s ability to achieve the project results your organization is looking for.