Today, Thursday November 3th, we celebrate the 13th edition of the “International Project Management Day”. This day was established in 2004 by Frank P. Saladis and since then it has been held the first Thursday of November each year, with the aim of giving greater visibility to the value contributed by the project management and highlighting the work of project managers around the world. Therefore, it is considered further the “Project Manager Day”.
A growing responsibility always involves a load of tasks that can surpass the best boss or director capacity of management. That is the reason why knowing how to delegate is a major skill for every manager. However, delegating can make you feel like you’re loosing control of the tasks that are being entrusted to others.
Today we want to talk about the 9 myths that prevent you from delegating and our particular point of view about each one of them:
When we talk about organizational skills, we refer to those aspects that a project manager should control in relation to the working practices within the team and the support processes that are necessary for the proper execution of a project. These skills have a direct impact on both personal and group productivity since the team becomes more efficient and boosts its motivation.
A project manager should keep in mind the following points in order to become a good “organizer”:
Yes, having good communication skills is one of the key abilities of a project manager. However, this fact is frequently overlooked when choosing the ideal candidate for that position. Moreover, it is not emphasized as much as it should in most project management training programs. Thus, many times we find project managers with excellent management and technical skills but which are really not-that-good communicators.
Why is it so important?
First of all, because a good leader should be a great communicator in order to lead and motivate his or her team, as we have discussed before. This is something that not only applies to the members of the team but to all the stakeholders of the project. A project manager has to be aware that all of them have different profiles and interests, and that it requires from him or her a great ability to adapt the message to each one.
A few weeks ago, we wrote in the Doolphy Blog about the figure of the project manager. We listed each one of the features that are essential for that role. The conclusion was that management, leadership, communication and organization are skills that have to be necessarily found in any good project manager.
This time, we want to focus on the first one: the management skills. A project manager has to be good in the following tasks:
Managing a project is like trying to lead a ship to port. It takes a captain capable of weathering storms, keeping the morale of the crew up, being clear about the destination and route to follow and mastering the art of navigation. In short, in a project there must be a true leader and, therefore, leadership is one of the essential capabilities that must be present in a project manager, as indicated in our last post.
This post will deal with the key capabilities that allow you to achieve the success and recognition you are seeking at your job.
All necessary skills to achieve it, both technical and interpersonal, may be grouped into 4 major pillars, management, leadership, communication and organization:
In a rapidly changing environment like this, where the level of uncertainty in organizations is high, it is essential to carry out an appropriate management of internal and external changes that may happen in a project to ensure its success.
Therefore, we know that the project is a dynamic, affected by a big amount of factors, some of them unpredictable. Only then, we will be able to respond to them quickly and avoid deviations that prevent us from meeting the expectations of stakeholders.
The keys to successfully carry out a “dynamic management” of the project are:
Work teams change as new employees are added and others move to new positions or companies. If you chose to start a small business and are growing, you’re probably looking to bring in new hires. However, finding people who are the right fit with your company and culture can prove a challenge. Adapting to a new team takes time. What about when a new manager is brought in? While he/she is part of your immediate workforce, the lines are drawn a bit differently.
Keep these 4 things in mind when a new manager is hired. Read more »