Project Management Skills To be a successful project manager, you must be an effective leader with the ability to influence change as well as influence other team members. You must be a highly organized person with the ability to multitask in a fast environment. You must be well-versed in project management techniques with the ability to adapt to change. In a nutshell, a project manager is responsible for working with project sponsors to define scope, budget and time line. Once these areas are defined, the project manager must initiate the project and work with a cross-functional team to deliver the final implementation on-time, within scope and at or under budget. The following skills will lead to a successful project and are essential project management skills in today’s market. 1. Interpersonal skills: Possibly one of the best attributes a project manager can exhibit is interpersonal skills. Being effective in this area means that a project manager is able to build a rapport with the project team. This means that a project manager is willing to listen to their team such that each team member has a feeling that they are important to the project. The project manager is also able to communicate to all levels of the organization. 2. Management skills: Strong management skills are key to a successfully led project. Most of the times a project manager is responsible for managing team members that they have no direct influence over. It’s critical that the project manager has the respect of the team members and is able to achieve maximum response from team members. 3. Organizational skills: Being organized is critical in life, but being an organized project manager is taking it to the next level. The project manager is responsible for managing every aspect of the project, from the project plan, risk mitigation plan, to the project resources. The project manager must know what is going on with the project without error. 4. Technical skills: Understanding both the business needs as well as the technical solutions helps the project manager understand the entire project. As an example, a software project manager does not have to be a fluent software engineer, but they must understand proper software design in order to successfully manage the program. Along with the soft skills listed above, a project manager must be well versed in various aspects of the project management gamut. A successful project manager will have many, if not all of the following project management skills at their disposal. Obviously a project manager must be fluent in project tracking, issue resolution and risk mitigation, but it is also very helpful to be versed in process development and execution. Change management is also a critical aspect of project management that doesn’t fall directly on the project manager, but when necessary it is important for the project manager to understand change management and how important it is to any project. When it comes to demonstrating these project management skills, what better way to demonstrate your skills than to attain affirmation of those skills? A project manager has several avenues for doing this. Some of the best and most sought after project managers have a PMP certification. Many don’t stop there; they also pursue other certification such as ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and Six Sigma. The project management skills that you possess will go a long way in helping you pass the PMP certification. Can you answer the above call? Not many can, but those that do are gainfully employed and will be for the long run.
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