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15 May 2012
In researching the paper, ProjectMinder
asked customers what they think differentiate the mediocre manager
from the exceptional. While these organisations operate in sectors
as diverse as architecture, marketing, property, construction, IT
consultancy, energy, procurement and environmental services the
results show a surprising commonality in their views.
Clearly being a great project manager is about
more than meeting the milestones. Beyond the experience and
knowledge of methodologies that any effective project manager
requires, he or she must balance an empathetic personality with a
cool head, and be both a visionary and a tactician.
Top 12 tips to meet the
1. Set the
Project managers need to set a clear vision up front and have
confidence in that vision.
2. Set the
A project manager’s own unfeigned enthusiasm can be contagious and
help to mould individuals into a cohesive team.
3. Delegate – and then
Leadership does not mean micro-managing every aspect of the
Project managers need to communicate unambiguously in all areas of
their job to their team, to other stakeholders in the same
organisation and, of course, to the client.
5. Take a creative
approach to problem-solving
Projects rarely go exactly to plan, so the project manager needs to
be able to deal with changing scenarios and create solutions.
6. Keep calm under
Events will crop up during the project that will change its course
or affect its momentum. Being able to deal with this quickly and
efficiently is crucial.
7. Value and champion
Team members will have different skills sets and experience. They
may be ‘on loan’ to the project manager and be accustomed to the
management style of their own line manager.
8. Make sound
Project managers will need to make many decisions in order to move
a project along to completion.
9. Understand and use
the technology to apply good working practices
Project managers should be confident in handling the various
technical tools and software that are at their disposal as an
integral part of project management.
the team to gel
A chain is only as strong as
its weakest link and setting up the right team lays a crucial
foundation for future success.
consensus where appropriate
Even (or perhaps that should be ‘especially’) within the strongest
teams, there will be differing opinions.
the big picture
Good project managers
understand the role that their project and team have in the wider
business and its long-term strategy.
This 12-point plan is taken from the IRIS
ProjectMinder whitepaper: ‘More
than meeting the milestones? The top 12 qualities of a successful
project manager’. The whitepaper is free and available to
download in full at http://www.projectminder.com/
information:0844 815 5710
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