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compare it with planned progress, and take immediate corrective action if actual progress falls behind planned progress. The project manager is a key ingredient in the success of a project and needs to possess a set of skills that will help the project team succeed. The project manager should be an effective leader who inspires the people assigned to the project to work as a team to implement the plan and achieve the project objective successfully; be committed to the training and development of the people working on the project; be an effective communicator who interacts regularly with the customer, project team, the project organization’s upper management, and other stakeholders; and have good interpersonal skills. It is important that the project manager develops a relationship with each person on the project team and effectively use interpersonal skills to try to influence the thinking and actions of others. Effective project managers can handle stress and have a good sense of humor. In addition, they are good problem solvers who recognize that the best solution often emerges from differences of
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ideas, viewpoints, experiences, and opinions. Negotiating skills are also essential for project managers. Good project managers also manage their time well. Project manager competence can be developed through experience, learning from others, interviewing effective project managers, conducting a self-evaluation and learning from one’s own mistakes, getting a mentor, participating in education and training programs, joining organizations, reading, earning a certification, and becoming involved with volunteer organizations in which these skills can be applied. Project managers need to be good delegators. Delegation involves empowering the project team to accomplish the project objective and empowering each team member to achieve the expected results for her or his area of responsibility. It is the act of allowing individuals to carry out assigned tasks successfully. One other important component of the project manager’s job is managing and controlling changes to minimize any negative impact on the successful accomplishment of the project objective. To do this successfully, the project manager needs to establish a change control system for the process and procedures that define how changes will be documented, approved, and communicated. The project manager must prevent scope creep, which can result in overspending the project budget and/or not completing the project on time .

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