Project Management

Top 3 Values that Keep IT Project Managers ‘Good’

It’s not easy to be project manager, and it’s even harder to be a good one. Being a good project manager doesn’t simply mean telling your team members what to do and completing your jobs on time, and it takes more than that to stand out at work. David Cotgreave says at that, in order to be “good” and avoid mediocrity, project managers ought to have these qualities:

  1. Do what you say you are going to do.
  2. Always, always try to do the right thing.
  3. Communicate the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Create Your Own Legacy

You don’t want to commit to anything in life to which you may not be able to fulfill the responsibilities, like a marriage or a political party. The same thing applies to an IT job position. As an IT project manager, you should be selective in saying “yes” to any offered commitment. Make sure that you keep your word and take what you say seriously. It is the first step in building a personal branding.

Equally important is doing the right thing. It is different from doing things right, which purely means doing things without evaluation or moral judgment.  You want to ensure that you are accomplishing tasks ethically and with a strategy for a bigger goal. Ethical practices involve being honest, open, and timely at work. Don’t hesitate to show others the unfavorable sides of your project.

These values have been proven to enhance trust and result in positive outcomes:

Think of trust like a joint bank account. Nothing makes deposits like uncompromisingly honest communication. It’s a great investment, for example, when you communicate transparently you buy the benefit of the doubt in future 50/50 decisions your client or sponsor may have to make.

Plus, the energy used to conceal a problem is all consuming. Your team’s energy should be focused on delivering the project: doing “what you said you were going to do.” Any time spent trying to hoodwink your client or sponsor that everything is going well, when it isn’t, is cheating both you and them of vital resource. Honesty is liberating.

Honestly speaking, you cannot shine if you just do what others do. Having some self-principles and living with moral values is the way to create your own legacy.

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