When we think of project managers we should think of them as small business managers. Many of the characteristics that are required to be successful in the managing of a small business are the same as those needed for the proper management of projects. In fact, since many project managers today are rooted in technical disciplines, it is surprising that the skills they are called upon to have were previously considered unusual skills for technical managers.
Today the project manager is expected to be familiar with and have considerable knowledge in the areas of finance, accounting, sales, marketing, manufacturing, research and development, strategic and operational planning, the characteristics of organizations, personnel, administration, managing work relationships, motivation, and other people skills. This is necessary because project managers are managing projects much like people manage small businesses. The multidisciplined project team becomes an entity in itself, focused on the needs of the project and trying to satisfy those needs in the best way possible.
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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.