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What Makes A Good Project Manager

By Guest

The measure of a project manager usually lies in how they deal with the negative elements of the job and the way they overcome the issues that occur when one is overseeing a project.

With this in mind we thought about the different problems a PM may be faced with, and how a good project manager would deal with them vs. a bad one.

One of the most common problems faced by a PM is an unhappy project owner ,and whether their misgivings are wrong or right, dealing with this particular issue can be particularly stressful. A quality project manager will handle this by listening to their grievances, understanding their concerns and then explaining any actions and issues clearly and come to a resolution, where both parties can proceed without issue and the projects efficiency is not jeopardised. On the other hand, a bad PM will talk without listening to the clients problems or go to the other extreme and be completely malleable even if that will jeopardise the future of the project, waste money or use unnecessary resources.

Another battle that a project manager will frequently face, is with managing members of the project team who are argumentative or unmotivated. The strong project manager will get to know their team well and learn what their strengths, weaknesses and motivation are, and then tailor their approach accordingly, meaning the job gets done more quickly and with less aggravation. The poor project manager will either react aggressively which usually causes further resentment and a slow in productivity, or will ignore the fact there are weaker team members, which will again cause resentment, particularly from other team members, and again result in reduced productivity.

The last most common block PMs face is issues with budget, and namely a project running over budget. A bad project manager will only realise a project is going over budget once its already happened and will then have a meltdown as they have to explain how and why to the project owner and ask for more money/man hours. A truly great PM will see that the project may go over budget long before it actually happens, and by doing this they are able to make changes accordingly or make a strong case for a higher investment early on.

Most good project managers will say that project management software allows them to manage their projects in a simpler way. An issue tracker also proves to be useful when measuring problems and communicating with clients.

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Guest, Guest "What Makes A Good Project Manager." What Makes A Good Project Manager. 24 Jun. 2010. 24 Oct 2014 <>.

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