Project Management for Success

Project Management is what enables the company to build something important, and build it right the first time. This course will refresh learners basic Project Management knowledge, and also inspire learners to look at project management from a different perspective. This course will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to manage projects without fail.

The ABC of Project Management

What are the three competency areas for project management?

  • Knowledge, Experience, and Personality
  • Knowledge, Negotiation, Influence, and Management
  • Experience, People Management, and Communication skills
  • Positive attitude, Industry Knowledge, and Project Management Knowledge

What are the most essential skills of a Project Manager?

There are essentially three project management competency areas:

  1. Knowledge;
  2. Experience;
  3. Personality

Each of these competency areas are again divided up into subsections as illustrated in the diagram below:

The first competency area is knowledge. Knowledge is divided up into three sections. The first section is that of general management knowledge such as leadership, negotiation, communication, team building and other human resource management skills that are necessary in all leadership position. The second section is that of project management knowledge such as project scope management, project time management, and project cost management. The last section is that of industry specific knowledge and it refers to the knowledge that a project manager should have in the specific industry in which he/she is operating.

The second competency area is experience. This refers to the project manager’s track record, hours of project management exposure, and size and complexity of project managed. The amount of years a person has been a project manager is not all the relevant in this section as this does not always give an accurate representation project management skills.

The last most important competency area is that of personality. This is again divided up into two sections. Firstly, we look at personality characteristics such as a positive attitude, confidence, enthusiasm, open mindedness, adaptability, and personal integrity. Secondly, we look at people skills such as ability to communicate, ability of motivation, ability to influence and political sensitivity.

 Arguably two of the most important competencies are those of negotiating and influencing. Effective negotiating and influencing maintains good relationships both externally and internally, and it ensures that the goal of your project is attained.


The ABC of Project Management

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Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.

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