7 Project Management Skills that have been Overlooked

7 Project Management Skills that have been Overlooked
7 Project Management Skills that have been Overlooked

In the face of extreme competition, the usage of project management has seen an unprecedented rise over the years. In fact, project management has been deeply forged in enterprise DNA to bring better overall value. And project managers have more responsibilities than ever, as they have to manage every aspect of the project by juggling their roles and responsibilities.

Under certain circumstances such as office politics, timelines, and new project requirements, it is easy for the project manager or the team to overlook certain project management skills which can detrimental for project success.

  1. People Management Skills:

    Today, project managers realize that project management is not just about meeting specified cost, quality and quicker to the market. It has evolved beyond metrics and project managers need to understand how to manage people. Industry experts believe, one of the core competencies that they look in a project manager is emotional competency. Many organizations ignore interpersonal dynamics of the team, and project managers who fail to inculcate people management skills will jeopardize their authority over the project which increase the chances of project failure.

    Some of the important people management skills required in a project manager are to manage conflicts in a team; motivating; and training. These are some of the top people management skills that are critical towards successful completion of projects.

  2. Horizontal Management Skills:

    Project managers bridge the gap between the project team, stakeholders and sponsors. Though these people are not under the control / jurisdiction of a project manager, yet they need to be managed to ensure the project offers value as per the requirement. This is where horizontal management skills come into the fore where you get people who work laterally above you in the organization structure to abide by the project plan. It is best to embark on positive note with people who have their vested interests in the project and create a robust communication plan to ensure everything runs smoothly in your project.

  3. Managing Expectations:

    Managing expectations in a project acts as one of the key contributors to project success. It requires emotional intelligence from a project manager to gauge what the client is expecting from the project even before it has been started. Another critical aspect is to manage expectations of your project team members. Understand what are the roadblocks, what motivates them, and get behind your team by supporting them in their project endeavors. Similarly, if you manage expectations from all your project stakeholders which are realistic, then the project outcome will be that of a successful one.

  4. Technical Skills:

    There are some instances where the project manager plays no role in actual project work, but still they should have some level of expertise for the project undertaken. It helps the project manager to have a holistic understanding of the project. His expertise in the technical aspect of the project will come in handy by not taking risks with unacceptable deliverables.

    Moreover, do not use your technical expertise to micro-manage the project. As a project manager it is your responsibility to lead your team through difficult situations. While selecting your project team members, include people who have some degree of technical expertise that relates to your project.

  5. Have a Good Sense of Humor:

    Handling a project can be an arduous task for any person, so it is good to let your guard down at times and enjoy your work by having a good sense of humor when something unexpected pops up in your project. One thing is for certain, your project will never go exactly as planned, so when you see scope creep happening, get behind your sense of humor to keep you clear-headed / balanced at all times. If you let too much of stress take its toll on you, then you will surely end up spending long and stressful nights at office which is not good for your health. Remember to put a smile on your face at unexpected project change, it sends out positive vibes to your team members who are already in distress.

  6. Change Management Skills:

    While managing projects, change is inevitable. There will be new requirements that will be hoarded on the team without any additional resource in the picture. Project team members will surely feel they have been given a short hand by the company and might lead to conflicts within the team. As a project manager, you have to manage such situations by managing people involved in the project. Change management skills will help you to manage your team members emotional state of mind during the project. Understand what makes your team tick and apply those experiences to create better work habits.

  7. Soft Skills Management:

    It is said that 90% of project manager’s role is all about communicating with others. Soft skills forms how your discussion pans out with an individual, whether you are able to receive what the other person is saying or whether you are able to get your view point to your team in a non-abrasive manner, will all form an integral part of how your project team functions to its fullest potential. A project manager’s job will be all the more easier if he / she is a good listener; an open communicator; trustworthy person; good at delegation; keen learner; and more.

There are many such project management skills that are being overlooked by project managers and enterprises all over. Do not procrastinate, whether you are a project manager, or team member who interacts with project managers regularly, it is your job to ensure that the project is completed successfully. Do let us know in the comments section as to which project management skills are overlooked time and again.

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Arvind Rongala, an engineer by education, has deep experience of serving the IT-BPO industry for more than 8 years. With his keen interest in the learning and development sector, Arvind spearheaded the launch of Invensis Learning as the training and certification arm of Invensis Technologies. As the Director of Invensis Learning, and with offices in the US, India, and Australia, he ensured the company became a trusted training partner for many Fortune 1000 clients and gain global recognition in a short span of time. { YourStory.com has featured a story about Arvind about his achievements over the years. } With his expertise in Project Management, IT Service Management, Quality Management, and IT Security Governance, he has been a guest author for various popular digital publications such as Business Insider, Business today, Project Times, Customer Think, Tech Sling, and Businessworld.