I think the mark of a good project manager starts with how they manage projects.
In April, the Institute of Taiwanese Project Management gave out its first 10 Outstanding Chinese Project Managers awards. The winners and candidates were examples of what defines a good project manager.
In general, most of the project managers who caught the selection board's attention managed efforts that were:
â€¢ Completed within budget and on time, sticking to their scope and quality
â€¢ In line with the client company's business objectives or ambitions
â€¢ A benefit to the economy, society or local community
Good project managers also have commitment and determination -- a common characteristic of the 10 award winners. Their background, education and work history all showed they were individuals who, when they committed to doing something, would do all that was possible to get the work completed, even when others wanted to give up.
I also realized during the award-selection process that good project managers are a driving force in our society. Their constant, ongoing completion of projects keeps our economy active and competitive.
Whether these are large telecom projects (such as the installation of China's countrywide broadband network) or smaller ecology projects (such as reducing the carbon emissions of homes or businesses), the project managers leading these efforts are all doing important work that improves our society and our economy.
It is only through their planning, execution and management skills, as well as their commitment and determination, that any project can be completed efficiently and effectively.
If you know excellent project managers who deserve to be recognized, consider nominating them in next year's PMI Professional Awards.
To all you project managers silently toiling away -- possibly thinking "these awards have nothing to do with me!" -- I would like to praise your work: You are the real driving force in society. Never underestimate how important your contribution is!