Recently I’ve come across a job advert in which a Belgian company was looking for a project manager. They had listed what they were expecting, and I think it makes a good list as attributes of a project manager (emphasis on some words and sentences are mine) :
The IT Project Manager:
– Identifies, describes, and assigns “S.M.A.R.T” objectives to stakeholders for execution of project and team work where team members are in a functional line rather than a hierarchical line
– Builds and gets validation of timeline, work plan against requirements and constraints.
– Ensures projects are completed within a certain set of restraints (quality, time, money, people and materials).
– Ensures projects fulfill to guidelines, regulations and policies.
– Is confident with industry standard Project Management software applicaitons.
– Ensures that projects are on track in term of milestones and meet dedicated/shared resources availability
– Ensures that project deliverables are compliant with expected requirements and delivered on time
– Has ability to structure and write Meeting Minutes.
– Challenges project stakeholders on current or foreseen issue.
– Assess project related risk issues.
– Continuously monitor projects progress against objectives, status, time lines and expected outcomes
– Ensures regular accurate reporting to Management at different levels (Operational, Strategic, Exec, …)
– Motivates the project team and any involved stakeholder
– Knows on how to escalate issue and when escalation is really helpful
– Takes the lead and deliver simultaneously several infrastructure projects
– Interacts with people, recognizes emotions in others, and empathizes with others
– Builds strong relationships to get the most out of their project team stakeholder
– Thinks in ways outside of the norm and identifies multiple solutions to problems
– Has ability to find solutions to maneuvering the project to keep it on track
– Structures their approach to work and accept regimented consistency for the sake of efficiency
– Strives for breadth, completeness, and correctness at the lowest level of detail
– Understands and applies ISO 20000 processes