What Makes Great Creative Project Managers?
Recently, I attended a panel on project management as an audience member. One of the topics that kept coming up was, “What makes a great project manager?” I don’t think the panel ever fully got around to answering the heart of the question.
So I began to think about the question. Over the years, my project management style has certainly changed. But when I look back to when and where I was very successful, I can see certain patterns emerge.
BEYOND THE MECHANICS AND THE FOLLY OF BEING A TASKMASTER
If you have ever taken a project management course, or worked on your PMP, you tend to focus on the mechanics of how to manage a project. How to create a scope, a project plan, identifying tasks, navigating process, risk, milestones and deadlines are all things that are taught and learned. Certainly these are skills are important to know, a strong foundation in the basics means you can apply these concepts.