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Title: What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager


1
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • (Survey to supplement the B. Z. Posner article,
    What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager,
    from the 1987 issue of the Project Management
    Journal)
  • by
  • Brian Campbell, PM
  • W. G. Yates Sons Company
  • Marbella Construction Site
  • Destin, Florida

2
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • This Research Study is based upon a survey of 287
    Professional Project Managers
  • Typical PM is a male age 37
  • The survey questions consider PM Problems and PM
    Skills

3
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Survey Question
  • What factors are most likely to cause problems in
    managing a project?

4
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Eight Most Frequently Mentioned Problems
  • Inadequate Resources
  • Meeting (Unrealistic) Deadlines
  • Unclear Goals/Direction
  • Uncommitted Team Members
  • Insufficient Planning
  • Breakdown of Communications
  • Changes in Goals and Resources
  • Conflicts between Department or Functions
  • Lack of Clear Goals Clear Directions lies at
    the heart of these problems!

5
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Survey Question
  • What personal characteristics, traits, or skills
    make for an above average Project Manager?

6
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Skills
  • Communication Skills (84 mentioned)
  • Listens
  • Persuades
  • Organizational Skills (75 mentioned)
  • Plans
  • Sets Goals
  • Analyzes
  • continued

7
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Skills
  • Team Building (72 mentioned)
  • Has Empathy
  • Motivates
  • Promotes Esprit de corps
  • Leadership (68 mentioned)
  • Sets a good example
  • Is Energetic
  • Has Vision (big picture)
  • Delegates (relates back to Organizational Skills)
  • Is Positive
  • continued

8
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Skills
  • Coping Skills (59 mentioned)
  • Is Flexibile
  • Is Creative
  • Is Patient
  • Is Persistent
  • Technological Skills (46 mentioned)
  • Has Experience
  • Has Project Knowledge

9
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Observations
  • Successful Project Managers can remain focused
    (They stay on track)
  • Problem Finding is more important than Problem
    Resolution
  • Seldom are Project Managers Technical Experts

10
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Observations
  • The issue of Problems and Skills finds that the
    two perspectives are fundamentally compatible
  • The Primary Problems for Project Managers are
    human in nature, not technical

11
What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
  • Conclusion
  • The training of Project Managers should focus on
    those identified skills required to deal with the
    Typical Problems encountered.
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