Project Manager Skills
Different projects demand different
skills, specific technical skills, specific expertise, different range
of years of
experiences etc. However, there's a set of project
manager skills that are required for all projects, big or small simple
The project manager is in charge for overseeing the
overall project and assuming responsibility for its failure
or success. His/her shoulders carry the load of planning,
execution, monitoring, communicating, supervising etc.
Here are some of the key project manager skills:
Planning: The project manager must have the skill and the ability to
develop a project-plan with project goals
and objectives, roles and responsibilities, expected outcomes,
costs, resources and other requirements. The plan includes an activity
list with clear implementation steps for each activity,
duration of each
activity, so that team members and
stakeholders understand what work needs to be done
and how it is to be completed. The plan must also include
specific milestones for each stage of the project. Once the plan is
completed it becomes the guiding document throughout the
project. The project plan guides the execution stage and also
a monitoring tool to measure progress.
Budget and Resources:
Every project has a budget and other allocated resources. Part of
completing the project successfully is completing it within the
approved budget and resources. Budget monitoring skills are important for managers.
management: An important element of
project manager skills is risk management. The project
manager scans the environment and identifies internal and
potential threats to the success of the project. Every
project must have a risk management plan that
describes strategies on how to monitor, prevent or control risks
throughout the project.
Communication skills are crucial for managers. The project manager is
responsible to share information through sending clear, concise
and complete messages. Regardless the way the message is conveyed
(verbally or in writing) it must maintain the same clarity and
meaning from the sender (manager) to the receiver (funder, stakeholder,
team member etc.). Items that need to be communicated are: the
project plan, status and progress reports,
procedures, challenges etc. A project manager is a skillful presenter and a good facilitator of project meetings.
A manager is also a leader with the ability to develop
common vision for their team and stakeholders. A
manager motivates, inspires and
brings together the people around them. A manager also needs
to master the art of influencing others
who may have an impact in the smooth running of the project.Today's
expected more and more to posses both managerial and leadership
Integrated projects demand different skills ate different stages.
Building: Most of the project teams
are made of
people who do not know each other. Within a short period of time these
teams are expected to perform and overdeliver, as well as
function as a harmonious unity that communicates, supports and grows
is made possible through the project managers team building skills. The
project manager brings the team together, provides direction and
tasks and expectations, rewards, recognizes, trains,
develops, coaches. There are a lot of team building activities that support this process.
useful Project Manager Skills:
Conflict Resolution Skills
document, document!!! Make documentation your mantra! It will
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