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How to become a good project manager?

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How can someone become a good project manager? I know it takes some good organizational skills as well as some leadership, but what else?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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You're right about the organizational skills and the leadership. Here are other thing that you need to to become a good project manager:

Listen to your people: Don't treat your team as if they were robots, listen to them, see what they want, see how you can make them happy, but don't get too personal with them, and be reasonable as to what extent you want to make them happy (be careful, you can spoil them)

Do not promise team members what you cannot deliver: Sometimes, we as managers tend to sympathize with our team members/employees to the point where we start making promises that we're not sure we're able to deliver. Any promise that you have the slightest chance that you'll break or that you think you will need the opinion of another person to make it happen should never be made. Promises broken will result in furious employees, and will greatly reduce your status in front of them.

Do not promise stakeholders what you cannot deliver: Learn how to say no to unreasonable requests, learn how to avoid creating compressed and half-cooked schedules that will burn your resources just to satisfy your stakeholders in the start of the project. Any deadline you miss, any budget your cross, will be like a black point in your record.

Delegate: I have just mentioned the importance of this in another answer on reducing stress (see http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/733/how-can-the-project-manager-cope-with-all-the-stress ). Delegation will make you a more efficient project manager, and will enhance the skills of the person you delegate tasks to (and will make him happy).

Don't play favorite: It is easy to make this mistake (most project managers do it), but playing favorite will create a sense of unfairness in your team.

Be neutral in conflicts: Your job is to resolve conflicts, not to side with someone against someone else. Remember this.

Report regularly: Create a recurring event in your calendar to update your stakeholders about the status of the project every week for example. It is important to keep your stakeholders up to date with your project.

Hold regular status meetings: Hold a status meeting once a week, gather the team members, let each person tell you what he or she worked on.

Listen to your client and have what he says in writing: This will nearly guarantee that the requirements are accurate. Also try to do mockups during the requirement gathering process, and make sure that the client approves them. Good requirements are key to avoiding scope creep.

The list can go forever...
answered 9 years ago by FastProjectManager (10,100 points)

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