Quality Assurance and Project Management

Jan 5 2009   10:05AM GMT

50 gems to make Project Manager a real “Leader”

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

The main tools of a project manager are communication, partnership and guiding his/her team towards success. As long as the project is going smooth, there is no problem. But as soon as there is a crisis, it is the project manager who has to rise to the challenge and seek out the vacuum to be evacuated. Every project manager has to have something in him/her that has brought some time or the other his team out of critical situations and sailed the project successfully.

The key skills required in a project manager including those mentioned above can be summarized as below:
1. Communication
2. Partnership
3. Guide the team
4. Initiation
5. Control
6. Facilitation
7. Convergence
8. Consolidation
9. Liability
10. Right Approach
11. Ownership
12. Roles management
13. Capitalization of experience
14. Prepare for transformational technologies
15. Change Management
16. New Business Models
17. Deep understanding of methodologies and technologies
18. Drive business
19. Operate in interconnected world and global economy
20. Work together
21. Leverage each other’s knowledge and experience
22. Motivation
23. Be well organized and well equipped
24. Work with extreme ideologies in your sleeves
25. Apply innovation to traditional problem solving
26. Keep analyzing and organizing
27. Have a critical eye to assess the situation
28. Find and place most significant people in your team
29. Recognize the difference between management and leadership
30. Be visionary
31. Drive strategy
32. Market yourself and your product with full heart
33. Think Strategically
34. Do effective delegation
35. Reward performance
36. Develop individuals to their full strength
37. Be transparent
38. Build trust and relationship
39. Measure effectiveness
40. Be influential
41. Understand and overcome holes or flaws in technology you use or the product you make (before your customer finds it out for you!)
42. Don’t believe in product, get it tested by you testers extensively
43. Always believe that when developers and testers work together, with the combination of technology and strengths, the resultant product will be always better
44. Anticipate a problem and find out a solution
45. Budget
46. Provide opportunity to your developers for career development which is a key for job satisfaction, retention and succession planning
47. Be a consistent leader
48. Incorporate best practices
49. Be a role model
50. Don’t accept anything on face value. Question, examine and introspect

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