What project management skills do you need to run a project or be part of a project team?
In this brief post we introduce the key project management skills needed to deliver a project successfully.
Whether you are new to project management or an old hand there are number of things you need to do well to succeed.
These are the key skills ― competencies ― of project management and leading business change.
Essential Project Management Skills
In Top 3 Project Management Skills we introduced three fundamental characteristics of the project manager: engaging stakeholders, managing risks and planning and control.
These characteristics each require different project management skills … and different leadership skills.
You may have a talent for organising things. But, project management is a particular kind of management that needs other skills to overcome the challenges projects bring.
The following list defines eight essential project management skills we cover at Leadership Thoughts.
- Risk and issue management,
- scope and initiation,
- quality management,
- organisational management,
- time management,
- project integration management, and
- cost management.
We deal with each of the key project management skills and introduce some basic methods and personal insight that ― we trust ― will help keep you and your projects on track.
What’s more, throughout this series of posts and articles you will find an underlying theme: keeping things simple.
Doing the basics consistently well is very important. Whatever style you bring to your leadership role, choose the right tools, keep using them, and learn your craft.
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