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project allows time to make corrections and help keep the project on target. If we look back at our definition of project manager, it seems like this individual bears most of the responsibility for making projects successful. Although he or she may delegate various tasks, the buck frequently stops with the project manager. Because of the many hats project managers wear, the variety of skills they must have, and the constant juggling act they must perform, it is no wonder that highly capable and skilled project managers can be scarce and are in great demand. Let's look at the skills, or competencies, a good project manager must have. Project Manager Competencies Competencies Description business achievement connects projects with corporate strategy and objectives
Project Manager Competencies Competencies Description partners with and involves stakeholders throughout the process provides quality perspective people management communicates effectively facilitates team process coaches team members to work cohesively and fosters a spirit of collaboration provides resources and training to develop team members prepares, monitors, and controls project plan—gathers input and adjusts as needed problem-solving displays initiative to show creativity and innovation calculates risks and prepares contingencies applies critical thinking to problem resolutions provides systems perspective influence understands and is sensitive to interpersonal motivations and behaviors of others is aware of corporate political landscape and can navigate it effectively understands the implications of project decisions and manages risks knows how to enlist cooperation and build consensus among business managers, users, and IT staff self- management displays self-confidence, but with humility "walks the talk" has personal accountability works well under pressure and adverse conditions Successful project managers combine knowledge and skills with experience in participating and managing projects. Lessons learned from past projects can help inform best practices to be applied to future projects. Consistent application of a sound project management methodology along with strong interpersonal and leadership skills enable project managers to help organizations gain strategic advantage through successful project delivery. Learning Resource Print
Implementing a SaaS Solution Differentiating Between Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software (COTS) and SaaS Solutions Up to this point, we have been using the term commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) to include software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. COTS is most-often used to refer to applications that are purchased and installed at the user location, either on a personal computer or on a server for multiple individuals to use. This includes such familiar purchased software as word processing or spreadsheet applications. Some COTS solutions come with vendor maintenance and updates, while others require an additional payment to be made for an upgraded version. Once the organization purchases a COTS solution, the vendor's involvement in the day-to-day operation is nonexistent.

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