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Six Things All New Project Managers Should Do

For the project manager, everyday frustrations are inevitable. Veteran PMs know the game. They play the right cards when the going gets tough to fight another day. Yet the novice PM is often in for quite a tailspin until they really learn the ropes. To get prepared, Paul Naybour writing for Project Accelerator recommends cultivating these six skills.

Six Essential Skills

  1. Multi-Level communication
  2. Public speaking / presenting
  3. Earned value management systems (EVMS)
  4. Resource implementation
  5. Non-technical / critical skills
  6. Regular team meetings

Perhaps you’ve mastered the art of communication at a certain level, but a good PM needs to be comfortable talking to everyone – executives, team members, shareholders, etc. Secondly, your job is to lead the team, sure, but what you’ll also face as a PM are company meetings where you’ll be required to serve up enticing information and to sell your project ideas to stakeholders.

A more technical aspect of the PM’s job is the earned value management system (EVMS). It is definitely possible to get this one wrong, and not understanding how to read the metrics data can easily lead to misinformation and overall confusion.

Getting the right resources together is somewhat of an art. Good resource finding involves lots of hard work, as well as a penchant for getting to know the right people. There’s a steep learning curve for some, but it’s an essential skill to possess from the start. Technical skills will only get you so far, as “verbal and written communication, decision-making, and negotiation skills [are] imperative to doing one’s job more effectively.” And lastly, never underestimate the impact that a team meeting, held regularly, can have on your ability to distribute information efficiently, set time restraints, allocate resources, solicit feedback, and update stakeholders.

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