By Kerry Wills
In today’s business landscape I believe that the most successful people are the ones who are “multi-dimensional.” That is, they can work in many different facets are not just a “one trick pony.” For example, in IT there are people who many know a technology well, know the business well, can drive work or are good analysts. To be successful today, I believe that people need at least two of those attributes.
For example, a Project Manager who knows the business or a technology but can not drive work will not be effective at meeting dates. Conversely, a Project Manager who can drive work but doesn’t understand their business may not understand context or implications of decisions.
So when we look to hire Project Managers or resources we should understand what dimensions we value and look to see those qualities in our team members. Highly visible projects may need someone who can drive work but who also understands the business so they can explain challenges in the appropriate context. More technical projects may require a PM with a more technical background. In any scenario, the PM should have more than one dimension if you don’t want “flat” results.
Kerry Wills is a proven Program Manager/Portfolio Manager with an extensive background in Project Management, consulting, and application development. Kerry has consistently demonstrated the ability to plan and implement large and complex projects on time and on/under budget. Kerry runs a blog, Adventures in Project Management.