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To be a successful project manager you must be able to effectively motivate people as well as manage time and money.
A project manager takes the reins of a project and is responsible for the project’s eventual success or failure. To be able to handle this responsibility most efficiently, it is necessary that you not only meet the project schedule and successfully prioritize and monitor tasks, but that you also make use of resources in the most time effective manner. It is also critical that you keep constant sight on the pre-meditated path even in the presence crises and unforeseen circumstances.
In many organizations completing a project within budget is considered a key metric in determining success or failure. Ironically, a project whose outcome will never be used might be considered a great success if completed under-budget, and vice-versa. Effectively managing people, contractors, vendors and all other stakeholders is another must-have skill for a project manager. Unlike time or money, effective people management is difficult to measure and identify problems with.
Finally, project scope is a critical element that is sometimes overlooked. The scope of a project is often dynamic and can change along the project. Knowing this is very important because an incorrectly defined or managed scope can easily lead a path to failure.
The main requirements for bBecoming a successful project manager are experience and practice. However, it is definitely possible to shorten the learning curve by following some of the best practices, guidelines and tools available. The Project Management Collection brings selected guidelines and tools that can get you started on improving your skills and making project management a rewarding experience.