~ By Joli Mosier
In project management, we tend to focus on the method. And there is no shortage of methods (Six Sigma, Scrum, Waterfall). The method is the what of project management and is often at the core of an effectively run project. But the method can only take your project so far.
Really, it is the approach, or the how, that separates great projects from the merely good. And lets great project managers rise above the rest. The good news is that there is an effective approach to complement any method.
The how permeates every aspect of a project. It is the way you communicate, the way you solve problems, the way you lead. You may have a full tool kit of project templates with orderly steps to follow, but if you can't effectively solve a problem with efficiency, competence, and finesse, your tool kit isn't going to be worth as much. After many years of real world experience, our team has learned that the how is what creates client satisfaction.
Here are the top five traits you need to master the how of project management:
So now you know some of our secrets. Now let's hear about some of yours.
Joli Mosier is a founding partner of MosierMcCann, a Seattle-based project management consulting firm serving clients like AT&T, Expedia, Sur la Table, and more. MosierMcCann offers on-the-job project coaching to teams needing the tools and guidance to develop their key team members.