IRIS ProjectMinder Reveals the Top 12 Qualities of a Successful Project Manager

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New research from IRIS ProjectMinder project management software reveals what differentiates the mediocre manager from the exceptional and what key qualities that project managers need in order to optimise the chances of project success and build an effective team.

Being a great project manager is about more than meeting the milestones

Being a great project manager is about more than meeting the milestones

Beyond the experience and knowledge of methodologies that any effective project manager requires, he or she must balance an empathetic personality with a cool head, and be both a visionary and a tactician.

New research from IRIS Accounting and Business Solutions has revealed the key qualities that project managers need in order to optimise the chances of project success and build an effective team.

In researching the paper, IRIS ProjectMinder asked customers what they think differentiate the mediocre manager from the exceptional. While these organisations operate in sectors as diverse as architecture, marketing, property, construction, IT consultancy, energy, procurement and environmental services the results show a surprising commonality in their views.

Clearly being a great project manager is about more than meeting the milestones. Beyond the experience and knowledge of methodologies that any effective project manager requires, he or she must balance an empathetic personality with a cool head, and be both a visionary and a tactician.

Top 12 tips to meet the milestones:
1.    Set the vision
Project managers need to set a clear vision up front and have confidence in that vision.

2.    Set the tone
A project manager’s own unfeigned enthusiasm can be contagious and help to mould individuals into a cohesive team.

3.    Delegate – and then let go
Leadership does not mean micro-managing every aspect of the project.

4.    Communicate clearly
Project managers need to communicate unambiguously in all areas of their job to their team, to other stakeholders in the same organisation and, of course, to the client.

5.    Take a creative approach to problem-solving
Projects rarely go exactly to plan, so the project manager needs to be able to deal with changing scenarios and create solutions.

6.    Keep calm under pressure
Events will crop up during the project that will change its course or affect its momentum. Being able to deal with this quickly and efficiently is crucial.

7.    Value and champion the team
Team members will have different skills sets and experience. They may be ‘on loan’ to the project manager and be accustomed to the management style of their own line manager.

8.    Make sound decisions
Project managers will need to make many decisions in order to move a project along to completion.

9.    Understand and use the technology to apply good working practices
Project managers should be confident in handling the various technical tools and project management software that are at their disposal as an integral part of project management.

10.    Help the team to gel
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and setting up the right team lays a crucial foundation for future success.

11.    Build consensus where appropriate
Even (or perhaps that should be ‘especially’) within the strongest teams, there will be differing opinions.

12.    See the big picture
Good project managers understand the role that their project and team have in the wider business and its long-term strategy.

This 12-point plan is taken from the IRIS ProjectMinder whitepaper: ‘More than meeting the milestones? The top 12 qualities of a successful project manager’. The whitepaper is free and available to download in full at http://www.projectminder.com

For further information:
0844 815 5710
projectminder(at)iris(dot)co(dot)uk
http://www.projectminder.com

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