Project management is about much more than how it is sometimes portrayed. The qualities that make a truly good project manager are often unspoken and difficult to define. They have to do less with development and software than with the human dimension of management. If you are enthusiastic and cooperative, this will often beat concrete expertise; if you have a good sense for when a project is succeeding and when it is failing, you will manage it better. All project managers should strive to emulate this ideas.
- Oftentimes the most important skills needed for project management aren’t the ones that people teach you.
- Enthusiasm and cooperation are often much more helpful for project management than concrete tech skills.
- Being able to gauge how successful — or unsuccessful — a project is is also crucial to being a good project manager.
“I once needed the help of a transactional software guru on my project. This techie “star” was in demand on many projects, but since I was a rookie newbie PM, she put my project at the bottom of her list and wouldn’t even return emails.”