10 Essential Project Management Skills

1. Leadership

We have to start with the big daddy of them all – leadership. It’s a bit of a slippery skill in that some believe you’re born with leadership skills and that they can’t be taught. But we think everyone has the potential to learn how to apply proven leadership skills and techniques. After all, what’s the alternative? As a project manager you’re responsible not only for seeing the project through to a successful completion, but you’re leading a team to achieve that goal. This requires you to motivate and mediate when necessary. Remember that project leadership comes in different styles, one of which will suit your personality. It’s more than managing tasks; it’s managing people.

2. Communication

Communications really go hand-in-glove with leadership. You can’t be an effective leader if you’re not able to articulate what it is you need your team to do. But you’re not only going to be communicating with your team, you’ll need to have clear communications with everyone associated with the project, from vendors and contractors to stakeholders and customers. Whether that’s through reporting tools or fostering collaboration with chat, file sharing, and other means to tag discussions at the task level, you’re going to need both systems in place to facilitate communications. These tools also help connect people one-to-one and in group settings, such as meetings and presentations.

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Is Project Management the Most Practical Profession Ever?

I make it a “point of duty” to point out to my students and clients on project assignments how much project management is practical rather than conceptual.

Practical according to the online Oxford Dictionary is defined as: “of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas”.

Quite a chunk of career and professional development is steeped in ideas and concepts – management disciplines, business analysis, and several others are known to be concerned with the building of conceptual models.

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Top 5 Ways PMP Training and Certification Improved my Personal Life

Top 5 Ways PMP Training and Certification Improved my Personal Life

When people speak about the benefits of being PMP certified, it’s easy to say things like 20% more pay, job security, professional recognition and so forth – all of which are facts, but also career related.

It’s rarely ever discussed that professional training and certification programs may have benefits that go beyond the office. But this is often true, considering that the skills we learn at the workplace are often times carried over into our personal lives to make for a more effective...

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The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The facilities manager may be responsible for a wide range of management functions within his or her day to day role. These may vary depending on the organisation the FM works in and the sector within which the organisation sits, however we will look at some of the key management functions which may apply to all Facilities Managers.

People Management: Usually, although not always, the Facilities Manager will have a team of people whose responsibility it is to support the FM in carrying out the many tasks that come under the umbrella of the FM department. The Facilities Manager, therefore, requires not only good People Management skills but also leadership skills.

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