Strong organizational skills: The successful PM must be able to
organize a project, the team, and address the many details that arise.
This employee must be strong at organizing staff schedules and be able
to handle more than one major project if necessary.
While a manager may have an interest in a particular project area, he
or she must be familiar with all aspects of the project. However, PMs do
not need to know all of the technical details for themselves. Being
effective at delegation is very important. To be effective as a PM, one
must have a strong ability to examine the broad scope of a project
without becoming bogged down with the details.
to monitor the project: A PM must be able to monitor project status and
display a willingness to ask for assistance when the situation warrants.
Effective communications between members of the project team is vital.
PMs must have good communications skills for both public speaking and
writing. They must be able to communicate to both individuals and groups
as marketers and as managers of the project team. In addition, they
must be good listeners.
Experience: Successful PMs must
have broad experience in a variety of project types. They must have
strong skills and experience in project budgeting, negotiating,
marketing, and estimating. Their own database of previous project
experiences is extremely useful.
The strong PM must be a leader; an individual who can direct and
motivate the project team. He or she should have demonstrated leadership
ability prior to becoming a PM.
Ability to make
decisions: A PM is a decision maker. The ability to make decisions and
to carry them through is vital. In addition, the manager must be able to
admit a mistake, and must be able to say no to a client or staff member