Project managers are not all created equal ““ and it's not hard to tell when a one is not carrying their weight around the office. Project managers can often be overloaded, overworked, and under-inspired to keep up the high level of quality that you need on each and every project. This post from Noobpreneur.com examines seven of the biggest mistakes that inefficient project managers make. Consider, for instance, the project manager who manages time instead of tasks: Project management tools allow you to assign a certain number of man-hours to a task. However, what is important is not how much time the employee puts in on the task, what is important is whether or not the task gets done. I'm not saying that if your employees are quite blatantly wasting time by spending 2 hours on something that you know is only a 30 minute job that you should ignore it as long as the job gets done ““ but sometimes you cannot account for extra time that has to be spent making changes or time lost on technical problems, so set your team a realistic deadline for completion and focus on meeting this rather than ensuring that they are putting in the right number of hours every week. And what about project managers that play favorites? It's only human to like working with people who are good at their jobs, but project managers who constantly reward only one or two people for their contributions while ignoring others isn't healthy for a team or an organization. Super employees are everywhere, but team members who consistently do good work must also be recognized by project managers.