Who is Project Manager? "The project manager is the catalyst-the initiator who lifts the entire project and puts it into motion" .Verzuh (1999) Project managers are a very special breed of people. Good technology project managers are trained,not born.
Who is Project Manager …(cont) They develop skills through experience and education. They become better project managers each time they successfully deliver a project. They learn new techniques and apply them on their projects. They learn lessons—sometimes the hard way—to be better managers in the future.
Main Skills Analysis Communication Budgeting/Cost estimation Teamwork
Analysis A key skill required toward the final stages of a project is the ability to analyze the impact of changes brought about by the project. Must never underestimate the unforeseen changes and effect that a major project can bring about. The ultimate reason for doing the analysis is – how the change will affect the end-date for the project? Must have a mental strategy ..also see through the walls beyond which a normal worker does not have the ability to think.
Communication Ability to provide valuable information related to the project status in a timely and effective manner Need to develop sound leadership skills so that the workers work and center their efforts toward the specific target. communicate effectively .. to provide the information that workers need to fulfill their jobs.
Budgeting/Cost estimation As having a team of accountants looking after the day-to-day running of the projects finances. Ability To Estimate Probable Costs To Be Incurred Throughout The Project. Essential project manager skill to posses for understanding how to use a budget . Need to be able to understand what you are being told about the budget . Must take the time to learn some basic budgeting skills.
Teamwork Effective teamwork - help to manage project most effectively. The essence of any good project manager is. Good team leader and, if necessary, be a good team player. Be prepared to work with team to help them to achieve their goals. Culture of teamwork.. high self-esteem… feel personally involved in ensuring the success of the project.
Organizing Team to Get ‘Back On Track’ Responsibility of a project manager to put an end to the differences among workers. Must recognize the significant differences among the team members . . Also be mentally geared up to resolve them. Effect : The more the coordination , the more unproblematic it will be to extract the best out of each individual.
Other… Negotiation skills - maintaining relationships with people who are involved in the project. Listening skills - using good listening skills to truly hear and try to understand what others on the project are trying to say . Relationship management - capable of working with all levels within the organization by building relationships with them. Generosity - share the glory, share knowledge, and dont blame others Vision - understanding what needs to be done and how to get it done . Flexibility - capable of changing to fit the situation for the good of the project