Project manager professionals are aimed to achieve the project management goals. For that, they need three kinds of skills:
- Technical Project Management Skills: Professional Project Managers need to apply a variety of technical skills in order to meet the project management goals of schedule, cost, scope, quality, procurement, etc. Most of all these techniques are already invented: Good practices can be found in the project management standards, the performing organization, or asking directly to a colleague. In other words: you don’t need to “reinvent the wheel”.
- Leadership Skills: In order to close the project successfully, stakeholders should meet or exceed their expectations. For that, you need to manage stakeholder engagement continuously: “You reap just what you saw”. On the other hand, you need the project team to be a cohesive and synergetic team, focused on getting things done in a collaborative environment. You need to be a good leader.
- Strategic and Business Management Skills: You also need to report performance periodically in front of a steering committee. You need them engaged on project decision making. Additionally, you need to know about the business environment and the strategic business plans.
These three skill sets are clearly represented in the PMI’s talent triangle :
Telecommunication Engineer, PMP, PMI-ACP, and accountancy and finance diploma, with more than 25 years of experience in Project Management and IT Consulting. Interim project manager, consultant and trainer. Steering committee chair at PMI Madrid Chapter since 2011. CEO at PMPeople since 2015. PMPeople stands for "People Collaborating on Project Management". He is the author of 4 books on project management. He is a frequent speaker/presenter at events on project management. He has a large training experience on project management topics such as: PMP and PMI-ACP preparation exams, cost management, project scheduling, risk management, procurement management, agile project management, scrum, project management soft skills, project management tools like Microsoft Project, etc. His articles on project management, in Spanish and English, can be read for free at Linkedin and the PMPeople blog.
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