Effective project management is a blend of technical and non-technical skill sets and experience that, unfortunately, doesn’t manifest itself overnight. It takes years to build the chops of an effective project manager and a good bit of thick skin. As any seasoned PM will tell you, the path to good experience goes right through failure. Since professionals tend to not like failure, one must have good control of their ego to not overlook the lessons that come from missed schedules, cost overruns and out-of-scope work.
Here are seven things that effective project managers do consistently, learned from a career of failures, successes and outcomes that fall somewhere in between.
The take-away from all seven skill sets? Non-technical skills are vitally important for a project manager to be effective in their role. Regardless how technically savvy you are, the project manager who is better able to collaborate, think ahead and generate solutions will win out over the project manager with intimate knowledge on how to apply Earned Value Management. While the application of EVM may be very important for a project, stakeholders and clients will be more interested in your ability to perform consistently across these seven skills sets. How effective are you? What are you doing to better yourself in each of these skills?