5 SKILLS TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGER

If you’ve started the year and committed to upping your project management skills to be a better project manager, what project management skills are the ticket for success? We’ve written before about ‘What makes a great digital project manager?‘ where we talked about the need for ‘competence’ – a blend of experience and skills but in this article we explore more specifically, examples of project management skills you can develop to successfully lead teams and projects effectively and be an even more awesome project manager.

Effective leadership skills

The first thing that is expected out of a project manager is to form a team of skilled professionals and lead them in the best possible manner. To do so, you have to have impeccable leadership qualities. If you have the knowledge of the nitty-gritty of project management, coupling them with leadership skills would strengthen your repertoire of a project manager.

Strong communication skills

It is essential for a project  manager to know its organization’s vision, mission, and goals but what’s more important is to communicate them to team members in a clear and concise manner. You need to have sound communication and interpersonal skills to articulate your thoughts, requirements, deliverables, and expectations to team members, vendors, and stakeholders.

As 90 percent of a project manager’s time is spent on communicating information to others, it’s important for him to take his communication game to a superior level.

Time and Team Management Skills:

A skilled project manager understands the importance of executing and delivering the project on the dot. Therefore, one of the important project management skills include the ability to manage time and promote teamwork. These skills also help in improving productivity, resolving conflict, evaluating the performance of the team,  and monitoring overall progress of projects.

Risk Management Skills:

Proficiency of a project manager can be easily gauged by his/her ability to foresee risks in an ongoing project. Risk management is the process of identifying, analyzing and responding to the risk factors associated with a project. Risk management is one of the key project management skills that every project manager must possess in order to be successful.

Adaptability:

Businesses are evolving at a rapid pace – whether it is new processes, technologies or standards, there is something new every day. Planning is imperative but the ability to adapt to the growing changes is equally critical. Project managers must be able to implement a strategy to work around the changes without impacting the existing operations.

Project management is a job that demands an extensive skill set. Above are some of the imperative skills that a project manager must possess in order to efficiently cater to the ever-evolving demands of the job and thrive in the profession.