There are a number of skills every Project Manager should possess in order to be effective and deliver successful projects. We’ve defined 6 of the top core project management skills below.
1) Being a Good Communicator
Communication is an important skill in the toolset of the successful Project Manager. After all, they are the ones that relay project information to Stakeholders, Team Members and other Project Managers. Effective communication can help a project to be successful in achieving the set goals, whereas poor communication can have a negative impact on successful project execution. It can lead to distorted messages between those involved, particularly if the project is being spread throughout different locations or larger groups. Be sure that when you want to communicate with your team members, you speak clearly, concisely and frequently.
2) Acting as a Good Team Leader
Ensuring that you stand out from the crowd is useful in a world where there are many aspiring Project Managers that hold an APM (The Chartered Body for Project Management) qualification. Project teams can be difficult to lead, especially as they are comprised of members from diverse backgrounds, different personalities and goals/objectives. Project Managers are there to motivate their team members, deal with challenges that arise and to maximise project and people performance, without clear leadership, none of this could be achieved.
3) Being Organised
Project Managers need to be organised and have clear plans of action. Project management software such as Microsoft Project Online enables Project Managers to plan, schedule and plan tasks in a more efficient way, allowing. This will help your approach to organising work. If you are unsure on how to use these, be sure to enquire about Microsoft Project training.
4) Being a Good Decision Maker
Project Managers are often asked to decide the fate of tasks that could change the direction of a project. Time is precious, especially when working on urgent tasks set under strict deadlines and so, often a calm and collected head is needed to ensure the right decisions are made.
5) Delegating Tasks
Sometimes Project Managers will be in the position of sitting with too many tasks. They will need to be able to delegate these effectively and fairly between team members. Good Project Managers will often take it upon themselves to hold on to tasks that they feel to be proficient at, rather than delegating them to others. This can not only slow up a project but you could also find yourself having a heavy workload as well as a few 20 hour days. Project Managers need to be clear and concise in their expectations of tasks they set to others. They also need to give them help and support to successfully get the job done.
6) Thinking Analytically
As a Project Manager, you will be asked at different stages of a project to be confronted with large quantities of data and figures to review. Having analytical skills plays a crucial part in being able to look over the information to find solutions for issues that arise. Keeping track of a project is vital and the best way would be to use IT-based project management software. These can produce reports at the click of a button, ideal if you’re a Project Manager. Frequently, a Project Manager will be asked questions such as ‘How will the project be affected?’ ‘What will happen to the project if we add some extra resources?’.
How to develop your project management skills?
Read – there are a number of project management books and resources available to you, our blog has many useful articles as well as the APM.
Training – Gaining a formal qualification such as the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is a start in the right direction and will equip you with the skills you need to further your career.
Events – We regularly run webinars and events, getting involved in these are not only good for your career development but also provide a great opportunity to network with other like-minded project professionals.