Forming Good Dialogue Habits
By Michelle Symonds
Forming good dialogue habits is crucial to project management and the skills you learn forming these habits will enable you to achieve success in forming and managing relationships within your team, as well as winning the project in the first place.
Here are several good dialogue habits to have:
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- Self Development
This is the way you are able to maintain a skill, and learn new ones. Learning to educate yourself, grow and renew your abilities. Practice your dialogue skills in all areas of your life so that you have a sharpened tool ready to use when the stakes are high. Think about training, shadowing and self learning using either books or online resources. Being able to push your limits and learn how to handle yourself in challenging scenarios means that a habit will be formed that will come to your mind naturally when you need it the most.
How To Celebrate Project Team’s Diversity
By Jona Miranda Jone
A good introduction to Project Management is a quote by a wise man:
“Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” – Joy Gumz
But, just what is Project Management? And, how important is it?
Project management process entails planning, organizing, motivating people, controlling resources, creating procedures to achieve specific goals of the company.
The success or failure of a project is attributable to the quality of project management. It is a key to the growth and survival of any business entity for success of a project ensures efficiency in the management of resources – be it time, cost, materials and deployment of people to effectively reaching the goals.
Diversity in Project Management
Project teams are diverse teams. Thus, managing project teams may be said to be challenging. Read the Complete Article
Five Soft Skills to Aid Your Project Management Career
By Rhona Aylward
In a recent discussion in a LinkedIn project management group, someone asked: “What 5 soft skills should a project manager have?” This kicked-off quite a discussion, which generated a lot more than five skills in the end.
If I had to answer this question, this would be my list of 5 soft skills a project manager should have:
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This is an essential soft skill because being able to put yourself in others people’s shoes and empathizing with their perspective or their needs is vital to head off any issues before they lead to conflict. You’d be able to know what each person’s hot buttons are and use that intel to diffuse any tensions. Empathy helps you understand what drives other parties involved in the project – be it the project owners, sponsor, BAs, or even programmers (Yes, they’re people too!).
Reflections on the Soft Side of Project Management
By Harry Hall
There is much debate about the importance of soft skills and hard skills for project managers. I believe PMs need both!
Many PMs find learning hard skills easier than soft skills. Think about it. Is it easier to learn how to develop project budget (a hard skill) or to learn to lead and influence others (soft skills)?
As we start 2014, I am reflecting how to improve critical soft skills. I have written out questions and comments from different facets of our integrated lives including fitness, family and friends, and projects. If we take care of the facets outside of work, we will put ourselves in a better position to lead projects at work and reduce our stress levels.
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- What are your most significant time-wasters (e.g., TV, social media)? What will you do about them?
Are you exercising a minimum of three times per week for twenty minutes, preferably longer?
The Successful Project Manager: A Balance of Hard and Soft Skills
By Brandeis University
Everyone wishes they could be better at their work, even if they are Fortune 500 CEOs. No matter how far up the management ladder you have climbed, there are always means of improvement. What separates the good from the bad in terms of leadership?
Why It Fails
Projects fail for a vast number of reasons. The most common reasons, however, are largely management-based. These include:
- Poor (or no) planning
- Lack of communication
- Zero accountability for success and failure
While there are many formula you can put into a database and crank out numbers, ultimately the calculations of efficiency are not what make good managers. Rather, a number of soft skills determine much of what is good and bad in the management world. These skills are communication driven, since a manager spends nearly nine out of ten working hours communicating with members of their team. Read the Complete Article
Increased Emphasis on Project Management Soft Skills
By Daniel Stober, Global Knowledge Course Director and Instructor
There is a fine line between art and science in certain professions. A brilliant surgeon will never reach full potential if he or she has an awful bedside manner. As the project management professional (PMP) credential becomes more and more important, and as more and more project managers obtain the PMP credential, it is no longer enough to master only the science of project management. Earning the PMP credential demonstrates that a project manager understands the “hard skills” of project management: earned value management, development of the work breakdown structure, project schedule, project budget, and risk management plan. However, there is another set of skills a project manager must master to reach his or her full potential: “soft skills,” such as interpersonal communication, leadership, negotiation skills, influencing, and personnel management. Soft skills are much more art than science. Read the Complete Article
Project Coaching – Bridging the Gap in Soft Skills
By Anthony Onabanjo
Historically, project managers have focused mainly on the hard (technical) skills such as scheduling, planning, budget management, risk management etc. But despite the use of various structured methodologies and processes, high percentages of projects continue to fail costing organizations millions of pounds.
Research has shown that hard skills alone are not enough to run projects successfully. Experts argue that gaps in soft skills account for a high proportion of project failures. Soft skills (also referred to as interpersonal or people skills) focus on behavioral competencies such as Leadership, Team building, Stakeholder relations, Personal effectiveness, Motivation, Communication, Influencing, Decision making, Negotiating etc. Some find developing these skills quite challenging no wonder they are also referred to as ‘tough’ skills!
Project Management associations have recognized the value of soft skills in the delivery of successful projects. The Association for Project Management (APM) competence framework contains 9 behavioral competence elements. Read the Complete Article
What Project Managers Need Most: People Skills
By Susan T. Evans
As we plan web redesign projects, I am often asked to recommend a structure for the internal team project team. After all, we’re starting a partnership and there is complex and important work to be done. The campus leadership in place for a web relaunch project matters and we have some advice to offer. Ideally, you need everything from an informed web advisory committee to a committed and talented web team to an engaged executive sponsor.
At the start, there is enthusiasm and momentum, so why not capitalize on that by putting together the best internal team possible? During the pre-kickoff planning, we usually ask clients, “Who will be the primary contact, the person who will serve as the campus project manager?” Besides working with us, this project manager will usually be a link between the core project team (they do the work of the website relaunch) and a project advisory committee (they review and approve the plan and recommendations). Read the Complete Article
Managing People in Projects – Elements of Negotiation (#46 in the Hut A Project Management Primer)
By Nick Jenkins
Understanding is fundamental to negotiation. You must understand the proposal under discussion and the options available. You must understand what each party involved in the discussions seeks to gain from the discussion. If the discussion is composed of groups of individuals you should understand the goals of the individuals and the goals of the groups (which may differ).
You must also understand what you bring to the table and what you are prepared to concede. By knowing what you have to ‘trade’ you can enter the discussion with an open mind and flexibility. Ideally you should know this before you enter negotiations but sometimes this isn’t possible.
Empathy is understanding the emotions of those involved. Emotion can cloud communication or it can enhance it but it cannot be excluded. Read the Complete Article
Managing People in Projects – Negotiation – Introduction (#45 in the Hut A Project Management Primer)
By Nick Jenkins
It is not often recognised that a project manager must be a people manager as well. Often project managers come from a particular technical stream and they find themselves elevated to a leadership position without any formalised management training. Their first project may confront them with their first test in team leadership.
Most project managers therefore excel at the technical aspects of project management such as scheduling, design and testing. Many, however, are weak or uncomfortable with the core management disciplines which deal with ‘soft skills’. This section will give an overview of some important people skills for the project manager.
Negotiation can be a tricky business for technical people, we tend to see the world as a black-andwhite environment. ‘Techies’ often believe that there is a right and wrong way to solve a problem, or that one technology or solution is the ‘best’ available. Read the Complete Article