3 Important Skills for Project Managers

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

You know that PMI has a framework for project management skills, documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). But there are other skills that can complement that and accelerate your career:

  1. business process improvement
  2. managing to strategy
  3. organizational change management

One or all of these can set you apart from other project managers without these skills—and make you more successful in more advanced roles in your organization. Here's what you need to know to determine if any would be of use to you—and how to get the knowledge you need. 

Business Process Improvement
Why You Need It: More significant projects change a business process or work procedure in some way. In the future, this will be even more true as businesses move to improve productivity through new automation methods such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence.

With a deeper understanding of how process analysts complete the work, you will be better able to understand the resources needed, the business benefits, interdependencies and stakeholder needs related to your project.  

How to Get the Skills: In general, you want to see what specific skills fit in the organization in which you work:

  • Determine if your company already uses one of the well-known process management methodologies such as Six …

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