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There are three sets of skills people need in order to be able to manage projects successfully:
You need to be able to understand and work through a project life-cycle (process), using appropriate tools and techniques. This has to be done in conjunction with stakeholders, so good interpersonal skills are needed to build effective working relationships and to “bring people with you”.
Many organisations are “immature” in their ability to apply these skills and it’s all too easy for them to over-emphasise the process and tools. They end up being “methodologists” and lose sight of the people dimension.
Having said that, there is clearly a need for a methodology and there is a real need to make this accessible and understandable for people involved in project activity.
There is a real dilemma here in that most projects do not follow a simple A to Z process and yet people need to understand what to do and in what order to do them. A process does not replace common sense (and experience).
One way of considering all the things that need to be done from start to end of a project is to create a project process model.
To find out what that means, read the full article.