Posted: 4 Jun 2019
The most effective project managers use technical, management and soft skills to deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope.
For IT professionals, project management is an interesting and rewarding specialism with excellent opportunities for career progression. While technical knowledge and experience are an advantage when applying for project management roles, management skills and personal characteristics are also very important.
Candidates sometimes ask whether they will be required to use technical skills in a project management role, particularly if they have project management qualifications. Generally, technical expertise is an advantage as it allows you to conceptualise projects, understand how they fit into an organisation’s IT architecture, review project deliverables and know the right questions to ask when challenging teams, suppliers and stakeholders involved in the project. If a project fails to keep on track, having technical knowledge and experience helps diagnose the root cause of problems and assess the merits of potential solutions.
While technical knowledge is an advantage, it is important not to get bogged down in technical detail to the detriment of the big picture. At a practical level, on small projects, project managers are sometimes involved in technical work; however, on larger projects, PM is usually a separate role. Good leadership and communication skills are very important. These include:
Project managers need to be strongly goal oriented with the confidence and drive to bring their teams with them and ensure that projects are delivered on time. Individuals who combine these personal qualities with the technical and management skills outlined above, will find good opportunities across many different business sectors.
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