There are some extremely rewarding jobs in the project management field right now, especially in the land development and construction industry.
But what does it take to succeed?
This post will share three essential traits of every successful PM professional.
But what exactly does a project manager do? We went to the experts at Investopedia for a great high-level definition:
Project management involves the planning and organization of a company’s resources to move a specific task, event, or duty towards completion. It can involve a one-time project or an ongoing activity, and resources managed include personnel, finances, technology, and intellectual property.
There are no formal education or certification requirements to get into the project management field, although both of those can potentially help. So what does it take?
Innovative and Enjoys Problem-Solving
As the Investopedia definition points out, project managers manage a diverse array of resources, with deadlines and goals at the forefront. That takes an innovative personality. You can also increase and sharpen your problem-solving skills by engaging in online coursework and skills advancement workshops.
The bottom line? As we point out in a previous post—always be learning!
Project Managers Excel at Communications
PMs must possess impeccable communications skills. They are constantly communicating at all levels of the company. This includes the executive level down through all levels of management and ultimately to the individual workers performing the tasks.
Communications are related to finance, operations, technology, marketing, sales, etc. This requires skilled, experienced communicators who know the language of all aspects of the business’s operations.
Proficient with Project Management Tools and Software
Project managers need to be tech-savvy and able to use technology to streamline the process and ensure the efficiency of the entire team. PMs use technology, including spreadsheet and ERP software tools to measure costs before and after projects start, scheduling and task management software tools, specialized project management apps, etc.
There are quite a few excellent SaaS-based project management apps on the market, and you will certainly be using one of them. Mastering the software tools of the trade is a major step in increasing your value as a project manager.
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