The demand for project management is likely to grow by 10% over the next few years owing to – in a large part – to the need for companies to operate more efficiently in a competitive marketplace. That point goes double for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are trying to make a dent in the industry. Project managers assist with delivering projects on time and under-budget so your company can operate as efficiently as possible. If you’re leading a company, it makes sense to have these skills.
If your business delivers products and/or services, as your organisation grows you will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many small medium enterprises (SMEs) are simply scared of the term ‘project management’ or end up implementing a suite of non-connected, counter-productive tools.
Project Management Hard Skills
The hard skills of project management all revolve around competence. Project management hard skills talk to your practical and technical ability: tools, techniques, and methodologies you are able to apply.
Hard skills may be equated to expert knowledge about how to operate a particular machine or make the thing work technically. You are able do or make something. There are simple steps you follow, and the thing works as it should.
If you’re a newbie to project management, hard skills are perhaps the simplest things to learn. If you are not a newbie to PM, make sure that you’re training in order to create these vital project management skills before moving on to other ones.
Project Management Soft Skills
These are personal, professional as well as transferable skills. They’re soft as you’re not operating a machine. It’s not just about following the steps. It necessitates intellectual engagement as well as personal interaction. It’s the way in which you operate the machinery and relate to your co-workers.
Soft skills are more difficult to learn owing to the fact that a lot of you develop through experience. These are also extremely valuable because machines/AI cannot recreate much of their interpersonal or creative aspects.
The Traits Of Successful Project Managers
Project management traits are hugely important. This is because they’re the groundwork for the soft skills and the way in which you execute the hard skills. They’re an essential part of the ingredients for what makes a great project manager. Traits are things that are hard—if not impossible—to teach, but in our experience, they actually do set good project managers apart from the bad.
How many of these traits do you personify and practise on a day-to-day basis?
- Team orientated
- Cautiously optimistic
- Strong work ethic
In order to develop these traits, you need to be honest with yourself. Ask for advice from your colleagues and be open as well as accepting about what they share. Learn how to gently and efficiently critique yourself. Remember that it’s never about fault, it’s about a need to improve constantly.
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