Project Management Success is not easy. There are several project manager skill sets or techniques that make a project manager successful. Successful project managers have both “hard” and “soft” skills in their project tool belt. They are able to select the appropriate tools and techniques to use on every project they manage. The ability to select the right tools prevents overloading small projects with too much paperwork and meetings. It also lets the project manager decide which sophisticated tools to use on the big projects. Project Management Skills Main Page
In addition to the “hard” project management skills, there are a number of “soft” skills that consistently successful project managers possess. Project Management Success requires effective communicators. That’s important with project team members who must clearly understand what’s expected of them on their tasks. Project managers’ communications with stakeholders must also be effective so the project manager can persuade and influence these people to support the project. Project managers also have to be good motivators to build project team enthusiasm and morale. These “soft” skills and abilities are extensive and show how far project managers have come from the days when they were viewed solely as technical experts.
There are eight critical skill sets you need for Project Management Success. You must be able to:
#1 – Work with the sponsor to identify the business result the project must produce
#2 – Create a schedule using project management software
#3 – Estimate work (duration and cost) with the team members
#4 – Make clear assignments so each team member knows what is expected
#5 – Track progress against the plan and solve problems early (before it’s too late)
#6 – Run meetings for planning and status reporting
#7 – Make presentations to sponsors and stakeholders
#8 – Archive data (planned and actual) for use on future projects.
You learn all of those skills in our project management basics courses. Begin whenever you wish and work individually with your instructor at your pace and schedule.Take a look at the basics course in your specialty.
At the beginning, when you and Dick talk to design your program and what you want to learn, you will select case studies that fit the kind of projects you want to manage. Chose you course and then select the which specialty case study from business, or marketing, or construction, or healthcare, or consulting. That way your case studies and project plans, schedules and presentations will fit your desired specialty.
- 101 Project Management Basics
- 103 Advanced Project Management Tools
- 201 Managing Programs, Portfolios & Multiple Projects
- 203 Presentation and Negotiation Skills
- 304 Strategy & Tactics in Project management