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An Analysis Of Certifications From PMI

The Project Management Institute (PMI®), the leading professional body for project management, defines and administers the standards and practices related to project management, agile management and various aspects of project management related to scope and time risk. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and the various guides related to risk management, schedule management, business analysis etc. provides knowledge on various concepts, tools, techniques and methodologies related to each profession. PMI® offers a whole variety of professional certifications based on the aforementioned documentation.  Although a few of these certifications are popular all over the world and are considered as the de-facto certification for the profession of project management, many a professional do not know the value of each certification and most of all the learning they would obtain by going through the material related to them. This article is an attempt to list down the certifications offered by PMI along with the requirements to apply for and attempt each certification. Obtaining the key credentials such as CAPM®, PMP®, PMI-ACP® and even PMI-PBA® not only provides the recognition in the profession of project management but also recognized the individual as someone who is knowledgeable with the principles and best practices pertaining to the profession and that he or she is capable of adapting to each situation. PMI® Certifications are based on competency of each individual and is mainly in line with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). The current version of PMBOK® is version 5.0 with version 6.0 scheduled to be released in 2017. Even the credential such as PMI-PBA®, PMI-SMP®, PMI-RMP® etc. expects the participant to go through relevant knowledge areas in the PMBOK® along with the other recommended reading material. The certifications from PMI® and the requirements are as listed below. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) CAPM® is the recommended certification for a professional who is new to the profession of project management or is someone attempting a transition from another profession to a role as a project manager or coordinator. To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination The requirements to sit for CAPM® are as follows. 23 contact hours of Project Management Education obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application. A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with 1500 hours of experience in being part of a project. The CAPM® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3 hours duration, consisting of 150 theory and scenario based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 67% (though not published). The individual must retake the exam every five years in order to maintain the credential. Project Management Professional (PMP®) PMP® is the most sought after certification for a project manager who has a considerable amount of experience as a project manager and is looking for a certification to further enhance his reputation and knowledge. By obtaining a PMP certification, you will learn valuable skills that will in turn help you to evaluate whether or not that potential team member will be able to work well with everyone. The prerequisites for PMP® are as follows. 35 contact hours of Project Management Education obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application. A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with 7500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects.                                                                                                                                                                   Or A four-year degree from any field with 4500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects. The PMP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 4 hours duration consisting of 200 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 65% (though not published). In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years. PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®) A relatively new addition to the list of certifications offered by PMI®, the PMI-PBA® certification is a certification for business analysis which is rapidly gaining popularity. PMI-PBA® is a certification suitable for anyone playing an analyst or consultant role or dealing with scopes and requirements in the context of a project. The eligibility criteria for PMI-PBA® are as follows. 35 contact hours of Education in Business Analysis obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application. A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) or 7500 hours of business analysis experience with 2000 hours of experience by working on project teams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or A four-year Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent with 4500 hours of business analysis experience with 2000 hours of experience working in project teams. The PMI-PBA® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 4 hours duration consisting of 200 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 65% (though not published). In order to maintain the certification, as with PMP® the individual must report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Agile project management comes in multiple flavours- Scrum, Kanban, Lean, DSDM, XP, Pair Programming to name a few. Each Agile method has its own set of principles and practices that drives delivery of projects.  PMI-ACP® recognizes the professional’s knowledge and skills on Agile techniques. It is one of the fastest growing and highly recognized agile certifications in the world. 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A secondary degree with 5000 hours of project scheduling experience, along with 40 contact hours of training in project scheduling obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application or a four-year Bachelor’s degree with 3500 hours of project scheduling experience with 30 hours of project scheduling education. The PMI-SP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3½ hours duration, consisting of 170 theory, scenario and case study type MCQ questions. In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 30 PDUs in project scheduling topics every three years. Program Management Professional (PgMP®) PMI’s Program Management Professional certification is ideal for senior project management professionals who are managing multiple related projects which may span multiple functional units or even organizations. PgMP® equips the professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills in managing such high valued complex projects and gets him recognized as a seasoned and experienced project management practitioner. The eligibility criteria for PgMP® are as follows. A secondary degree with 6000 hours of project management experience with 10500 hours of program management experience                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or A four-year Bachelor’s degree with 6000 hours of project management experience along with 6000 hours of program management experience. The process of obtaining PgMP® is different from the certifications discussed previously. Awarding the credential occurs in stages where the individual must First face an evaluation conducted by a panel Sit for the certification exam which has 170 MCQ questions within a 4 hour time duration In order to maintain the credential, the professional must earn 60 PDUs on program management during every 3-year review cycle. Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) PfMP® is the highest certification offered by PMI® and is suitable for professionals holding C-Level positions in organizations. Portfolios of projects involve large strategic initiatives, which encompasses business units, functional units, organizations which may span across multiple geographies and cultures and requires significant and advanced competencies in coordinated management of such initiatives. The eligibility criteria for PfMP® are as follows. Possess a minimum of 8 years of professional business experience Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or equivalent) 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience                                                                                                                                                       or A 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) 6000 hours of portfolio management experience The process of obtaining and maintaining the PfMP® is similar to PgMP®. Awarding the credential occurs in stages where the individual must First face a review conducted by a panel Sit for the certification exam which has 170 MCQ questions to be completed within a 4 hour time duration In order to maintain the credential, the professional must earn 60 PDUs in portfolio management topics during every 3-year review cycle. Obtaining and maintaining a PMI® credential is not an easy task. It requires meticulous planning, diligent preparation and experience to obtain the credential, followed by continuous professional development to maintain the same. However, if you manage to obtain and maintain some of these credentials, you are sure to succeed and thrive in the competitive world of project management.

An Analysis Of Certifications From PMI

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An Analysis Of Certifications From PMI

The Project Management Institute (PMI®), the leading professional body for project management, defines and administers the standards and practices related to project management, agile management and various aspects of project management related to scope and time risk. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and the various guides related to risk management, schedule management, business analysis etc. provides knowledge on various concepts, tools, techniques and methodologies related to each profession.

PMI® offers a whole variety of professional certifications based on the aforementioned documentation.  Although a few of these certifications are popular all over the world and are considered as the de-facto certification for the profession of project management, many a professional do not know the value of each certification and most of all the learning they would obtain by going through the material related to them.

This article is an attempt to list down the certifications offered by PMI along with the requirements to apply for and attempt each certification. Obtaining the key credentials such as CAPM®, PMP®, PMI-ACP® and even PMI-PBA® not only provides the recognition in the profession of project management but also recognized the individual as someone who is knowledgeable with the principles and best practices pertaining to the profession and that he or she is capable of adapting to each situation.

PMI® Certifications are based on competency of each individual and is mainly in line with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). The current version of PMBOK® is version 5.0 with version 6.0 scheduled to be released in 2017. Even the credential such as PMI-PBA®, PMI-SMP®, PMI-RMP® etc. expects the participant to go through relevant knowledge areas in the PMBOK® along with the other recommended reading material.

The certifications from PMI® and the requirements are as listed below.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)

CAPM® is the recommended certification for a professional who is new to the profession of project management or is someone attempting a transition from another profession to a role as a project manager or coordinator.
To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination

The requirements to sit for CAPM® are as follows.

  • 23 contact hours of Project Management Education obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application.
  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with 1500 hours of experience in being part of a project.

The CAPM® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3 hours duration, consisting of 150 theory and scenario based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 67% (though not published). The individual must retake the exam every five years in order to maintain the credential.

Project Management Professional (PMP®)

PMP® is the most sought after certification for a project manager who has a considerable amount of experience as a project manager and is looking for a certification to further enhance his reputation and knowledge. By obtaining a PMP certification, you will learn valuable skills that will in turn help you to evaluate whether or not that potential team member will be able to work well with everyone.

The prerequisites for PMP® are as follows.

  • 35 contact hours of Project Management Education obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application.
  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with 7500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects.                                                                                                                                                                   Or

A four-year degree from any field with 4500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects.

The PMP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 4 hours duration consisting of 200 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 65% (though not published). In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years.

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®)

A relatively new addition to the list of certifications offered by PMI®, the PMI-PBA® certification is a certification for business analysis which is rapidly gaining popularity. PMI-PBA® is a certification suitable for anyone playing an analyst or consultant role or dealing with scopes and requirements in the context of a project.

The eligibility criteria for PMI-PBA® are as follows.

  • 35 contact hours of Education in Business Analysis obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application.
  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) or 7500 hours of business analysis experience with 2000 hours of experience by working on project teams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or

A four-year Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent with 4500 hours of business analysis experience with 2000 hours of experience working in project teams.

The PMI-PBA® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 4 hours duration consisting of 200 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. The pass mark is approximately 65% (though not published). In order to maintain the certification, as with PMP® the individual must report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)

Agile project management comes in multiple flavours- Scrum, Kanban, Lean, DSDM, XP, Pair Programming to name a few. Each Agile method has its own set of principles and practices that drives delivery of projects.  PMI-ACP® recognizes the professional’s knowledge and skills on Agile techniques. It is one of the fastest growing and highly recognized agile certifications in the world.

The eligibility criteria for PMI-ACP® are as follows.

  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application.
  • 2000 hours of general project experience gained by working in project teams with an additional 1500 hours experience working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies.

The PMI-ACP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3 hours duration, consisting of 120 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 30 PDUs in agile topics every three years.

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®)

A professional with a risk management professional certification is recognized for the capability to identify and assess project risks, mitigate risks and respond to such situations. PMI-RMP® is one of the key certifications of professionals involved in performing risk management activities especially in large multi-national organizations.

The eligibility criteria for PMI-RMP® are as follows.

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with 4500 hours of risk management experience, along with 40 contact hours of training in risk management obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or

A four-year Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent with 3000 hours of risk management experience with 30 hours of risk management education.

The PMI-RMP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3 ½ hours duration consisting of 170 theory, scenario and case study (1 to 1 ½ pages) based MCQ questions. In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 30 PDUs in risk management topics every three years.

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®)

PMI-SP® is suitable for professionals who are involved in developing, managing and maintaining project schedules and would like to get a professional certification to back it up. The certification enlightens participants on concepts in managing activities, resources, dependencies, schedules and ultimately the outcomes of the projects and will equip them with best practices on improving project schedule management.

The eligibility criteria for PMI-SP® are as follows.

  • A secondary degree with 5000 hours of project scheduling experience, along with 40 contact hours of training in project scheduling obtained within the last 2 years time period from the time of application or a four-year Bachelor’s degree with 3500 hours of project scheduling experience with 30 hours of project scheduling education.

The PMI-SP® exam is available as a PBT or CBT format and is of 3½ hours duration, consisting of 170 theory, scenario and case study type MCQ questions. In order to maintain the certification, the individual must report 30 PDUs in project scheduling topics every three years.

Program Management Professional (PgMP®)

PMI’s Program Management Professional certification is ideal for senior project management professionals who are managing multiple related projects which may span multiple functional units or even organizations. PgMP® equips the professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills in managing such high valued complex projects and gets him recognized as a seasoned and experienced project management practitioner.

The eligibility criteria for PgMP® are as follows.

  • A secondary degree with 6000 hours of project management experience with 10500 hours of program management experience                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or

A four-year Bachelor’s degree with 6000 hours of project management experience along with 6000 hours of program management experience.

The process of obtaining PgMP® is different from the certifications discussed previously. Awarding the credential occurs in stages where the individual must

  • First face an evaluation conducted by a panel
  • Sit for the certification exam which has 170 MCQ questions within a 4 hour time duration

In order to maintain the credential, the professional must earn 60 PDUs on program management during every 3-year review cycle.

Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®)

PfMP® is the highest certification offered by PMI® and is suitable for professionals holding C-Level positions in organizations. Portfolios of projects involve large strategic initiatives, which encompasses business units, functional units, organizations which may span across multiple geographies and cultures and requires significant and advanced competencies in coordinated management of such initiatives.

The eligibility criteria for PfMP® are as follows.

  • Possess a minimum of 8 years of professional business experience
  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or equivalent)
  • 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience                                                                                                                                                       or
  • A 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • 6000 hours of portfolio management experience

The process of obtaining and maintaining the PfMP® is similar to PgMP®. Awarding the credential occurs in stages where the individual must

  • First face a review conducted by a panel
  • Sit for the certification exam which has 170 MCQ questions to be completed within a 4 hour time duration

In order to maintain the credential, the professional must earn 60 PDUs in portfolio management topics during every 3-year review cycle.

Obtaining and maintaining a PMI® credential is not an easy task. It requires meticulous planning, diligent preparation and experience to obtain the credential, followed by continuous professional development to maintain the same. However, if you manage to obtain and maintain some of these credentials, you are sure to succeed and thrive in the competitive world of project management.

Rumesh

Rumesh Wijetunge

Chief Innovation Officer - Zaizi Limited, Chief Operating Officer - LearntIn (Pvt) Ltd., Director /

Rumesh is an IT business leader with over 12 years of industry experience as a business analyst and project manager. He is currently the CIO of Zaizi Limited, a UK based data management company heading the operations in Sri Lanka, the COO of LearntIn, a global training institute based in Sri Lanka and is also a lecturer / trainer at multiple private universities on management, IT, business analysis and project management subjects. He is the current president of the IIBA Sri Lanka chapter and is one of the most qualified and sought after trainers in Sri Lanka. Refer his LinkedIn profile for more details and to see more articles he has written on linkedin

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However, project monitoring is a complex process and there are only a few project management apps out there that can support the project manager’s requirement to have laser-focus on individual tasks and team efficiency. Types of Project Monitoring: Project Monitoring can be attained via: Staff Meetings, which can be conducted on a Weekly, Monthly or an Annual basis. Partners meeting, Learning forums (FGD, Surveys) or Retreats. Participatory reviews by the stakeholders Monitoring and Supervision Missions that can be Self, Donor or Joint. Statistics or Progress reports How to implement Project Monitoring and Control in projects? The following are the steps to implement Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) in projects: Monitor the parameter of project planning: It requires the monitoring of project parameters like effort, costing, schedule, timeline, etc. It is the responsibility of a Project Manager to track such metrics while working on a project. Monitor Commitments: Being a Project Manager, you will have to keep track of the commitments of different stakeholders in the project. The stakeholders can include anyone: the team members, management, peers, vendors as well as clients. Monitor the Project Risks: It is important to keep a track of all the risks that might be involved with the project. There are various types of risks that can be involved in a project, including process, people, technology, tools, etc. Data Management monitoring: Keeping track of all of the configuration items, which includes software, hardware as well as documentation of the project. Monitoring the Stakeholder involvement: As a Project Manager, it is important that you keep track of how all the stakeholders are involved in the project. This can be done through different types of meetings, status reports, etc.  Manage Progress Reviews: Conduct and manage the project progress reviews with the help of different techniques which includes the work progress of team members, client meetings, milestones reviews, etc. Based on these activities, various status reports are created, which are shared with the stakeholders as well. Manage actions to closure: Based on the progress of the project, it is important to take corrective actions to get control over the progress of the project plan.  These corrective actions are then tracked by the Project Managers till the project closure or until the progress is under control. Why Project monitoring? Project monitoring aids various purposes. It brings out the problems which occur or which might occur during the implementation of the project and which demands solutions for smoother progress in the project. Effective monitoring helps in knowing if the intended results are being achieved as planned, what actions are needed to achieve the intended results during the project execution, and whether these initiatives are creating a positive impact towards the project execution. To assess the project results: To know how the objectives are being met and the desired changes are being met. To improve process planning: It helps in adapting to better contextual and risk factors which affect the research process, like social and power dynamics. To promote learning: It will help you learn how various approaches to participation influences the outcomes. To understand stakeholder’s perspectives: Through direct participation in the process of monitoring and evaluation, learn about the people who are involved in the research project. Understand their values and views, as well as design methods to resolve conflicting views and interests. To ensure accountability: To assess if the project has been effectively, appropriately and efficiently executed, so that they can be held accountable. 3 Ways to Track and Re-Plan a Project It is said that projects never go according to what we have planned. Hence, one must be ready to make any amendments as needed. You can also opt for the following three-step approach: Check and understand the progress of the project: Before starting to re-plan your project, you should be sure of the current state and status of the work. Setting up a meeting for the whole team together to get to know about the updates of the current work, upcoming tasks and issues will be beneficial. Also, recognize the important milestones in this meeting. Search for and Manage Exceptions: Stay on a look-out for exceptions like risks, issues and change requests. Open issues will have to be resolved so that roadblocks can be removed, and a risk mitigation plan will have to be developed. Re-plan the project: You have an idea of how to re-plan the project. The following steps will help you do so: Keep the important project documents updated, which includes the project charter. Share the new plan with the shareholders. As per the demand, re-assign the work. Communicate with the team members regarding the new assignments and send automated reminders to them. As required, make changes on the project site with the updates reports and dashboards. Project Monitoring with KnightSpear’s AI Work Coach Isabella KnightSpear has a practical way of helping project managers to monitor their projects and team’s performance. With the help of Isabella, KnightSpear’s AI work coach with machine learning capability, the information you need for project monitoring is handed over to you so you can spend less time gathering and interpreting data and more time taking action instead. Isabella, the KnightSpear’s AI-enabled chat-box work coach, can process data within the app. Accordingly, they respond to the project managers with reports and suggestions on how they can manage tasks and keep his/her team engaged. Here are some ways by which Isabella helps you with project monitoring. Real-time monitoring of team performance With automated task monitoring, Isabella can monitor how everything is going, including what the team is working on, which team members are stuck on a task or what other tasks need to be done to move forward with the project. Regular status and progress reports Isabella provides the duration summary of a task. It displays the amount of time the assignee has spent on a task and predicts how much more is needed to complete the entire project so you can identify existing issues and make timely adjustments to get things back on track. Providing recommendations and suggestions Isabella can estimate the percentage of project success or failure. She can also predict the probability of tasks going overdue or missing its deadline and provide valuable advice on how you can get the team to work together to prevent this from happening. Ensuring that recommended actions are implemented It’s important that the team is clear if there are any changes to the project plan. Isabella can remind the team of any over dues, hanging tasks and issues that need quick resolution so you can drive your team to the direction you are planning to take. In conclusion, project monitoring is important in making the project management plan work to meet your project objectives. It is a part of the project and project management, not an addition to it. Given the data about the team, the project and the prediction of overdue, project managers can customize the project plan and address issues before they happen. With project monitoring, you can identify the most efficient way to manage your resources and continually assess your project status, so you can ensure your project success.
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Top Characteristics Of a Project Manager

Good leaders are hard to find, but great project managers are rarer stillWhat a great saying! Well, it has its own worth acknowledging that to find a reliable, and successful project manager in the current era is like finding a true pearl inside the seashell.IntroductionThe project management journey starts with initiation and ends with the closing of a project. And this raises the demand for skilled Project Managers across the globe who can use project management tools to keep all aspects of a project organised. According to Payscale, the average annual salary of a Project Manager is $72,675.Being a project manager is a specific kind of leadership position, which requires certain character traits and important qualities. If we ask you, do you have any general idea about a good project manager, a single point you can define them would be – they deliver projects within the deadline and budget set by the clients, meeting or not withstanding surpassing the desires of the partners, right?It’s not enough. Actually, it takes more to become a good and ideal project manager to whom someone could admire. In this article, we are going to highlight some striking traits and important qualities of a Good project manager which can help you become a better one or to improve yourself. Time Management techniques help you to assign correct time slots to activities as per their importance. The right allocation of time to the right task in order to make the best possible use of time refers to time management. You can also take up a PMP® training to validate your project management knowledge and skills through a certification that’s acknowledged across the globe. Top 13 Important Qualities to Become a Successful Project ManagerA good project manager needs to possess certain skills like technical, business, and management skills to manage projects with utmost efficiency. Moreover, as a responsible position, a project manager must possess certain qualities for smooth delivery of various projects. Few of the qualities that a good project manager should possess are as follows:1. They Inspire a Shared VisionAn effective project leader is often described as having a vision of where to go and the ability to articulate it. A leader or project manager is someone who lifts you up, gives you a reason for being, and gives the vision and spirit to change.The visionary project managers enable people to feel they have a real stake in the project. Moreover, they empower their teammates to experience the vision of their own and offer other the opportunity to create their own vision, to explore what the vision will mean to their jobs and their lives, as well as to envision their future as part of the vision of their organization.2. They are a Good CommunicatorAccording to Jada Pinkett Smith, a slogan of every good project manager is;“My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships”Another strong trait that distinguishes a good project manager from others is their ability to communicate with people at all levels. Since, the project leadership calls for clear communication about responsibility, goals, performance, expectations, and feedback – a good project manager can be said a complete package comprising all these important qualities.The pioneer must be able to successfully arrange and utilize influence when it’s important to guarantee the accomplishment of group and venture. How it comes about gainful? Successful correspondence brings about group accomplishments by making express rules for professional success of cable car individuals.3. IntegrityOne of the most important things any project manager should always keep in their mind is, it takes their actions to set a particular modus operandi for a team, rather than their words. A good management demands commitment and demonstration of ethical practices.The leadership or project management depends on integrity represents a set of values, dedication to honesty, and consistency in behaviors with teammates. Integrity is that a good project manager takes responsibility for setting the high bar for ethical behaviors for oneself, as well as reward those who exemplify these practices. Leadership motivated by self-interest does not serve the wellbeing of a team.4. They Possess Leadership SkillsIf you want to become a successful project manager, you ought to own good leadership skills. Project managers must also deal with teams coming from various walks of life. Hence, it winds up noticeably basic for them to rouse workers and calibrate group execution to achieve organizational goals through various leadership styles.A great project manager sets the tone for the project and provides a clear vision about its objectives for the team. A feeling of foreknowledge helps also – by foreseeing potential issues, you can have your group prepared to solve them in the blink of the eye. Enthusiasm and passion are two key elements you should adopt if you want to make people follow you—nobody will do so if you’re sporting a negative attitude.5. They are Good Decision MakersGood decision making skill is not only crucial for personal life but it also very important in professional life as well. The good project managers are empowered to make countless decisions which will help define the project track.As we all know that a single minor wrong decision taken can easily jeopardize the entire project. Thus, a project manager needs to be capable of thinking quickly and reacting decisively.6. Expert in Task DelegationTask delegation is another basic skill in you which you need to be expert in. You should be able to judge your team members’ skills and assign the tasks in accordance with their strengths.Being a pioneer doesn’t imply that you have to consider each minor little detail of a venture. Show your team members you trust them and delegate tasks to them.7. They are Well OrganizedHenry Mintzberg said;“Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet”Good organization is a key factor for creating a productive work environment as well as solving problems under pressure. Being well-organized helps to stay focused on the big picture and to prioritize your own tasks and responsibilities.With regards to exhibiting your outcomes, you ought to have the capacity to recuperate all the important information and demonstrate an intelligible vision of a venture to be executed.8. They Own ProficiencyProficiency and thorough knowledge – they both can be said basic yardsticks on the basis of which a leader’s or manager wisdom or excellence can be weighed. Being on top of your projects entails a vast amount of industry knowledge to be effective in what you do.Some learning on the money related and legitimate side of your tasks won’t hurt either. You should be seen as able and skilled by your group.9. They are Great Problem Solver!The good project managers work with a team of experts or consultants and use their mastery of handling issues in most effective ways.Nobody will anticipate that you will have a prepared answer for every single issue; you should have the capacity to utilize the knowledge of your team members and stakeholders to produce a collective response to any problems you experience on your way to delivering a project.10. They Know What is CollaborationThis is the last and the most important trait that should exist within every good project manager or leader. A grip of group progression is fundamental on the off chance that you need your group to work easily on your ventures.When building up your group, remember this: contentions and contradictions will undoubtedly happen; as a pioneer, you’ll have the capacity to intervene them and ensure all you colleagues progress in the direction of a similar objective.11. Should Possess Good Negotiation SkillsIt is important for a project manager to possess good negotiation skills. Further, this skillset plays a pivotal role to resolve the conflicts by settling the issue and maintain harmony in the team.12. Managing the Project Life CycleThere are numerous life cycle phases involved in a project. In the early years the practice of project management focused on planning and controlling the execution of projects which has now moved to including the conceptual phases and project portfolio management that provides needed linkage between strategic growth management of the organisation and project management. A project manager must be capable of linking the strategic growth management of the organisation and project management.13. Achieving the Project BenefitsThe success of a project is measured by the benefits that it delivers in terms of output. A project manager should be capable of ensuring that the team focuses on benefits delivery and not just merely completing their project on time and within budget.How do these Qualities Help to Tackle Project Constraints?Before moving forward, let us understand the constraints which a project manager should watch out for. The constraints are:Scope: It defines the needs of the customers as well as the requirements expressed and implied.Time: The customers want their projects to be delivered by an agreed date.Quality: It can be defined as the standard that a project is expected to be delivered.Resources: This denotes the amount of money, budget or resources available for spending on the project.These are not the only constraints in a project. The following are few of the important reasons for failure of the project:Lack of user involvementLong or unrealistic time scalesPoor or no requirementsScope creepNo change control systemPoor testing The suggested qualities collaboratively help a project manager to avoid all these constraints and take ahead the project smoothly. Key TakeawaysCommunication, leadership, and problem-solving skills play a crucial role for an individual to become a good project manager. Moreover, he or she should be a good decision maker for smooth maneuvering of the project journey. Apart from these qualities, you should possess the following attributes in order to be a good project manager:IntegrityEnthusiasmEmpathyCompetenceAbility to delegate tasksStay cool under pressureTeam-building skillsProblem-solving skills.Demand for Project Managers Across the GlobeAccording to the PMI and Anderson Economic Group (AEG) analysis that analyses project-oriented employment opportunity in 11 countries on five continents representing developed or growing economic powers. Project-Related job growth is expected to be 33% collectively. The following chart explains it elaborately:CountriesProject Management Jobs in 2017Expected Project Management Jobs in 2027China34.9 million46 millionIndia14.7 million21.7 millionUnited States6.7 million8.8 millionJapan3.4 million3.8 millionBrazil1.9 million2.4 millionGermany1.9 million2 millionUnited Kingdom1.0 million1.2 millionCanada690,184779,828Australia474,495574,399Saudi Arabia201,127228,077UAE73,35293,861On a concluding noteThere are certain attributes and characteristics that a project manager should possess while deploying various project management tools to keep all aspects of their projects organised. These characteristics make a project manager efficient to approach each project as its own unique entity. Further, with the rising demand for the project managers across the globe, the above-mentioned qualities will surely help you to gain your grip in the fast-paced market scenario. Wish you all the luck for your project management journey!
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