Top 5 Characteristics of a Good Project Manager
August 6, 2012
A few tips on how be good at PM
I’ve been working as a project manager for years, and today I can say for sure that in my profession there is a lot of discussion about what characteristics make a project manager good at PM (project management). Some people think that strategic thinking along with leadership is the greatest characteristic. Others point out analysis and communication as the major characteristics, and so on.
Some time ago I wrote an article about 5 must-have skills that help project managers be great at their PM role. Since that time I’ve decided to explore this topic more, and today I’m going to describe top 5 characteristics of a good project manager. This article continues the series of how to be effective in managing PM roles and responsibilities.
As a good project manager, you need to have great knowledge and experience in various techniques and approaches regarding project data analysis. You must get a large PM toolkit which helps you explore and understand the specific needs of each project. Without this toolkit your ability to analyze project data appears to be limited and inefficient.
By the expression “project types” I mean an ability of a good project manager to work on different types of project including these ones:
Each of these three types requires specific techniques and skills, so having worked at each project type allows you to enrich your knowledge and learn PM best practices.
This characteristics of a good project manager means that you need to be able to develop an intelligent work plan that identifies the best way of doing your project in terms of the objectives, constraints and resources.
The planning ability will help you think through various critical project characteristics, such as scope, time, funds, risk, deliverables, performance, and others. By having a good work plan you can determine how many interfaces your project will include and thus what PM methodology to use to best manage it.
As a good project manager you must see the big picture view of your project as well as do a deep dive into the project process. But before heading into the details you need to understand what strategic elements your project comprises.
I suggest you focus on these items when developing a strategic approach for your project:
Facilitator and Adviser
A good project manager always works closely with all departments and teams of the business. In such a way this person gets a better understanding of the needs and problems to be addressed by projects. During the communications the manager becomes a facilitator who predicts and solves conflicts as well as an adviser who gives valued recommendations and best solutions.