Top 7 Project Management Skills For IT Project Success

Project management in IT shares some skills with other industries and, at the same time, requires some unique abilities.

by Lauren Schneidewind on April 21, 2017

As you have probably noticed, project management in IT shares some skills with other industries and, at the same time, requires some unique abilities. Check which of them you have mastered and how to improve the others that need your attention.

1. Leadership: Be Inspiring and Keep Control

Surprisingly, this quality is often missing when it comes to the IT sphere. What we mean is that it’s not enough just to have a strong technical background if you are a software development or other IT-related project manager. To deliver great results, you need to inspire people as well as maintain control of all aspects of the project. Also, it may be easy to start a project, but the biggest challenge is to bring it to a successful completion. By inspiring your team to do their best, your projects finish successfully and on time.

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2. Communication: Understand and Be Understood

We live in a communicating and sharing era. With a vast arsenal of communication channels, one may feel lost in the ocean of information that pours in on us. So, choose appropriate modes of communication wisely that will best help you to convey your ideas and issues. To ensure the smooth execution of your directions, try to communicate with your team clearly and concisely.

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3. Negotiating: Prove Yourself to be a Problem Solver

In the real world, be prepared for a variety of obstacles and issues of all sorts to arise, often one after another. No, this is not pessimism — this is realism. A good project manager handles problems promptly, by making the right decisions quickly while taking into consideration the key factors that influence the project. Having the skill for negotiating a variety of issues with people on all levels is essential.

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4. Planning: Make a Solid Base for Your IT Project

Although often neglected in IT circles, proper planning can save a lot of trouble for you and your team. A carefully considered base for your project can save you both time and resources, especially when something goes wrong. From meeting plans and resource plans to estimates and timelines—going through the overall process in detail is a prerequisite for success.

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5. Organization: Be a Multi-Tasking Ninja

To be an effective project manager, you need to balance a variety of tasks, while at the same time tracking their progress daily. Successful balance may become the primary reason for either a project’s failure or for its success.

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6. Human Resources: Manage the IT Team Effectively

Operative tasks are equally important as the strategic ones. An IT team is usually composed of strong, often peculiar personalities. That’s why it depends on the manager to skillfully administer and smartly coordinate these individuals. Here the emphasis should be on keeping a positive collective atmosphere, a reasonable delegation of tasks, timely conflict management, and more. As a true leader, you need to inspire your people to share your vision and to be with you on the difficult road of IT project creation.

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7. Technology: Be Technically Savvy

Naturally, as an effective IT Project Manager, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of the software and platforms used by your team of professionals and applied in your organization. Using the latest tools such as software that allows you to achieve better communication, data management, and reporting, will improve your performance and control on every aspect of the IT project. Logically, such high performance will ensure the successful completion of the IT project and good bonuses.

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