Some people connect the term “project management” with large-scale building works or information technology projects. But the truth is, whether you’re doing something on a global scale or organizing a local event, you need some of the same project management skills.
What skills does it take? The following advice is from Ray Lightman, an experienced and successful project manager.
Do you consider yourself an organized person who can generate and keep track of multiple documents? If so, you already have one of the most important skills needed as a project manager. A good project manager has to keep track of details—everything from contract requirements to schedules, personnel records and project reports. Creating a project binder is a good way to keep everything organized and in one place.
This doesn’t refer to just giving presentations, but to various forms of written and oral communication. A project manager is expected to produce high-quality project planning documents, send out meeting agendas, updates, status reports and effective emails. A good manager is able to get his or her ideas across clearly and in an objective, non-confrontational manner, without seeming to impose their views on others within the team.
A good manager has a knack for looking at any problem and seeing the big picture, while others may miss the forest for the trees. They are frequently called upon to analyze a problem, develop alternative solutions, determine the best course of action and get it implemented. The trick is to never lose sight of the big picture.
It’s tricky to get your team to go with your idea without making them feel the idea is being thrust on them. The team looks to the project manager to provide direction and vision. A manager must earn the respect of his or her team, and the best way to do that is to lead by example.
This is an often-neglected area, forgotten in all the excitement of project deadlines. But the effort spent motivating a team to perform to the best of its ability is worth its weight in gold. Four easy points to remember are: reward achievements, provide feedback, recognize strengths and provide challenges.
So, next time you’re facing a large undertaking, think about these five essential skills for project management, and you’re on your way to the completion of a successful project.
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