Decision Maker

Finally, but not by any means last in importance, is that the capable PM makes decisions when it is necessary to do so. The PM knows when it is time to stop analyzing the problem at hand and bring any given situation to closure. This type of PM has a sense of when further examination of an issue brings diminishing returns. The PM is also keenly aware of the level of urgency associated with all situations and behaves accordingly. Project personnel react particularly well to a PM who makes decisions and moves forward. If a decision was made that later is shown to be incorrect, the effective decision maker is not afraid to admit to a mistake and backtrack, as necessary, to rectify a bad decision.

Whereas the preceding attributes have been associated with the Project Manager, it should be recognized that the Chief Systems Engineer (CSE) is also a manager, taking responsibility for the system design team and the overall engineering effort. Therefore, most of the attributes discussed here apply as well to the CSE. The difference lies mostly in the scope, orientation, and focus of the work to be performed. Above all, the PM and the CSE must be able to work harmoniously together and both be dedicated to the success of the project.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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.

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