Six-Star Project Managers
According to the PMI (Project Management Institute), a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.”
There are many types of projects. They can be either personal or professional, for example, having kids, building a house, traveling, exporting products or services, among several others. According to the difficulty-level, projects are divided into two categories: simple and complex. In addition, concerning their origin, they can be classified as public, private, or public-private. What is more, taking into account the sector, construction, mining, environment, finance, and engineering projects are on the top of the list, just to mention some of them.
However, all these projects have something in common: a project manager.
The same prestigious institute, the PMI, defines project managers as “change agents”. It is a fair description, considering that they need to master the flexibility to adapt to unexpected situations and come through them unscathed.
No sooner does the project begin, managers play the role of leaders to organize every single detail, look for talented professionals to create a team, and assign them the corresponding tasks. It is a must for managers to set clear strategies and processes so that their partners can follow them plainly. Moreover, assertiveness when planning facilitates the administration of resources since project managers may be capable of anticipating and preventing possible risks.
Apart from that, to make things happen and reach short- and long-term goals, managers do control every part of the cycle to assure that there is a continuous flow of communication, together with channels that serve the purpose and the methodology used. Monitoring 80% of that passage of information turns a manager into a GPS for both, the whole team and the client.
The following list includes the abilities any six-star project manager should possess:
Leaders are good at managing teams when they know each member’s characteristics, such as their personalities, studies, abilities, attitude towards clients, etc. Only by following their teamwork closely, they understand how to deal with a project and what things they can perform better. Moreover, democratic leaders tend to act as equals when it comes to making decisions.
Without erring on the side of being insincere, managers cope with a wide range of personalities successfully. To reach consensus among a diverse group of people requires tact, prudence, tolerance, and empathy. Thus, they constantly demonstrate their trust in their coworkers and intervene to find a middle ground if there is any disagreement.
To strike a balance between different viewpoints from a more objective perspective (if there is one) shows the whole team they should never be resistant to change, but open-minded and goal-oriented. Above all, even if the project meets general expectations, managers need to ensure the client feels pleased with the ideas they receive.
Immediately after the project begins, managers are challenged to work under certain constraints: schedule, scope, and budget. In order to meet objectives, it is essential for them to be tidy, methodical, and sensible. Setting clear rules from the start avoids trouble.
Managers cooperate with the group and support members in order to achieve a common goal. They are the ones who place all the pieces together to solve the puzzle.
It is essential for managers to be sure that everybody feels comfortable in the group and that everything goes according to what is expected. If the team members always report their concerns to PMs, they will be able to solve problems and avoid inconveniences in advance since, then, they are also in charge of accounting clients of events.
Considering these aspects, it is apparent that the development cycle of any project has to be carefully planned and guided. Managers play the most important role at this step thanks to their ability to lead teams, handle tasks, and get on well with clients.
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