Being able to deliver on successful projects is essential to achieving business goals and can provide many advantages regardless of organisational size or industry. The required skills to manage a project efficiently are highly valued in the workplace and can apply to a variety of roles. In this CPD article, we will look at the benefits of developing a project managing skillset, as well as offer some simple tips on how you can improve your project management.
What is Project Management?
According to the Association of Project Management, “a project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits.”
Project management involves numerous methodologies, techniques, and tools that organisations use to manage projects effectively. A project manager must balance the schedule, quality, and budget to achieve the desired goals and outcome. They are responsible for creating a shared vision, ensuring that all tasks are being completed within a timeframe necessary for the successful delivery of a project.
What are Project Management Skills?
If you are a project manager, you will be working with a team to achieve a goal. Most projects are complex and multi-faceted, encompassing a wide amount of skills and responsibilities to initiate, plan, and execute from start to finish. Many of the skills required in project management are transferable between roles and can generally be broken down into the following:
Behavioural / Soft Skills
Leadership: If you are working with a team you need to know how to influence others and inspire them to work efficiently with you. Being able to delegate effectively ensures that everyone understands what’s needed to stay on track. This will boost productivity and help to deliver a successful end result.
Organisation skills: If you are working with a number of different teams or external stakeholders, it is vital that you can keep track of and relay important information to them throughout the project’s life cycle, and so strong organisation skills are valuable.
Problem Solving: When carrying out a task or project, it is essential to be able to break down the problem, find the issue and then be able to come to a resolution. It is important to solve the problem quickly and ensure that progress on the project isn’t affected.