What Makes a Good Project Manager?
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!
I think that a good project manager is not only someone who manages the project within budget and with respect to the deadline, quality required and objectives, but someone who masters people management as well.
Depending on the cultural environment, itâ€™s vital to know how to manage your team and build the right vision that allows the project success and the achievement of the objectives.
This person is able to perform miracles with the client, the customer and the organization; is capable of tackling the most difficult of tasks on any project anywhere on the planet; and is one of the best in the business. This person, however, is never associated with a project that is delivered within scope, budget or stakeholder objectives.
It is valid if the project manager is fortunate enough to be involved from the very concept and remains until the bitter end, however, this is not usually the case in many projects.
Project managers also need to be flexible and have a willingness to adapt.
Their domain of expertise just happens to be in the project management disciplines and not in HR or Finance or another business or technical discipline, which by the way, they may also be skilled at. The "higher" you go in managing projects, the more important the business skills are.
|Doris E. Torres|
1. Wide minded with wide thought process irrespective of senior or junior
2. Dynamic in nature i.e ready to accept changes
3. Good by heart and
4. Good in communication across the managerial levels
|Jay P. Patel|
|Dr.Ahmad Al-Ani , MD,PMP,CPHIMS|
From my humble experience, and since most of the PM work depends mostly on soft skills, leadership and communications, I could say that one of the greatest attributes of a great PM is patience, Yes, because ultimately you are dealing with all types of people, and many people are hard!
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