An effective method, such as the CORE PM method discussed in this book, provides you with the steps and tools you need to complete a project successfully. There is no real sense in inventing your own method, unless you're an expert in project management with tons of experience. You're better off using a method that's proven and focus instead on leading the team through its steps.
The most important element of the first key is the word use. No method is effective if it isn't used. The application of the method is what produces results. Reading about a method but not using it doesn't produce anything tangible. Try the tools and techniques you've just read about. Ask the rest of your team to read up on the method and then try it together. You don't have to use the entire method to start. Start by writing a charter or doing a risk assessment. Try creating a schedule with the team or completing a team contract. Whatever parts of the method you actually use will help to improve your projects.
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