12 July 2010

7 Must Have Qualities to be Successful Project Manager

Keeping Project failure rate in preview, the demand for a qualified and result oriented project managers are increasing drastically in market. Though PM technical knowledge is important but above and all, there are certain most important qualities a project manager must possess to be successful in his/her profession. What are those qualities? Look at some of these.

1. Lead From Front - The Project Manager must exhibit as a leader. He has to lead the team from the front. Please remember that Human resources are the real asset in the Organization.

2. Respect Stakeholders and Keep Them Updated Many a times it has been observed that PM is not in touch with stake holder consistently. Please note that You have to keep stakeholders always updated. This will create trust of stake holders in PM and also if something goes wrong, they will come for rescue.

3. Monitor Project Progress on daily basis PM must observe the project progress continuously. In no time, he should keep himself away from the project. Please note that Daily Morning briefing to team a proved to be a strong tool to keep the project status updated. In every daily morning brief, the task for today should be defined and status of previous day task should be updated.

4. Promote learning within the team Project Manager must ensure that learning and working goes hand in hand. Unfortunately, some of the project managers just look for the work and does not raise any request for the training. Please note that a nicely conducted training has excellent impact on the project team members and they will be ready to do anything for you.

5. Prove a Good Link The Project Manager is a bridge between Sr Management and Project Team. He must ensure(at least try his best) that the required attention is given to the team members by management. This will help a lot to keep the moral of team up.

6. Look and monitor the new challenges PM should always be ready to accept the new challenges. In case he is not able to meet the challenges or not tracking the new expected challenge then he is likely to loose the grip on project.

7. Strong Coordination PM must act as a strong coordinator among the project teams or within the team members. He must look for the participative management within the team. The success of the project majorly depends upon the members happiness.

I hope all above mentioned point are easily understandable. Every PM must inculcate these points within himself to be a good manager. Please share your thought if your take is not aligned with  my thoughts.

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