Project Management

Top Five Skill Areas for a New Project Manager

Life is a learning game, and it is constantly full of mini-exams to test the knowledge you should have acquired. It is through the trial and error of experience that people learn, grow, and thrive. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott explores how this concept is especially true for beginning project managers. There are five skills a new project manager should work on developing in their first few years:

  1. The foundation of good project management
  2. The art of learning from mistakes
  3. Immersing into the corporate politics
  4. Adaptation
  5. Know when to walk away

Project management is an art, and it requires for each individual to be able to combine their own knowledge and experience to craft the perfect manager persona. During the first few years on the job, a new project manager should focus on the right way to do essentials, like risk management, budget and finance management, stakeholder management, quality management, and governance.

Everyone makes mistakes, but what matters is how you learn from them and grow from the experience. It is highly likely that a project manager’s first few years will be lined with varying levels of mistakes, but if they can learn to grow from them and progress, they can improve their abilities exceptionally.

A huge aspect of working in an organization is working with the politics that come with it. Knowing how the organization works and how the game is played will help a project manager to be better at what they do. Not everything can follow checklists that you learned from a textbook. Project management is about adapting what you have learned to make it work for you and your organization.

Sometimes projects fail, and that is okay. What is not okay is holding on when you should be walking away. Learning this is crucial to saving time, money, and resources.

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Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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