Scoring Yourself

Given the attributes of a successful PM, as discussed earlier in this chapter, it is a simple matter to do a first-order self-evaluation by scoring oneself against this set of attributes. Table 5.1 places the twenty attributes in a scoring context, and the reader is asked to take a moment to evaluate himself or herself directly on the scoring sheet of the figure. A score of ''5'' should be given if the reader almost always behaves according to the stated attribute, and so forth as listed in the table. Take some time now to score yourself.

TABLE 5.1 Evaluation versus Attributes

Attributes

Scores*

Communicates/shares information Delegates appropriately Well-organized

Supports and motivates people Good Listener Open-minded and flexible Gives constructive criticism Positive attitude Technically competent Disciplined

Team builder and player

Able to evaluate and select people

Dedicated to accomplishing goals

Courage and skill to resolve conflicts

Balanced

Problem solver

Takes initiative

Creative

Integrator

Makes decisions

Total:

*Scoring: 5: almost always; 4: most of the time; 3: often; 2: sometimes; 1: rarely; and 0: never.

If your aggregate score is in the range 80-100, you are likely to be an excellent project manager. Essentially, no fine-tuning is necessary and you should be pleased that you have all the necessary skills to be successful in just about any management role. If you scored between 60 and 79, you are doing well but probably have a few areas that need improvement. Those are likely to be represented by the attributes that you scored yourself as a ''2'' or lower. If your score was in the range 40-59, you still may be a good candidate for a PM or manager position but need to work in a disciplined way to improve your skills. This may involve more substantial training to develop these skills as well as a deeper sense of self-awareness of your own behavior and the way that it might be affecting others. If your score was between 20 and 40, some type of continuous training program is recommended, depending on whether the score was closer to 40 or in the 20 range. If your score was less than 20, you have a long way to go to become an effective PM or manager. This does not mean that you cannot get to a PM or manager position, but it is likely to take a lot of hard work over an extended period of time.

Developing PM and manager skills is rarely achieved by reading a few books on the subject. Reading is only one component of the process. Broadly speaking, there are two other critical elements. One has to do with the aforementioned self-awareness of your own behavior as well as the behavior of others. Without this consciousness, one is not absorbing and assessing data in the real world. The other critical component is experiential learning. This may be achieved through workshops in which you are asked to carry out exercises that simulate situations in the real world. By actually experiencing the processes that evolve from this type of training, learning occurs relatively quickly and it is possible to improve skills and awareness rather rapidly. Low-scoring readers who aspire to PM or management positions are urged to consider some type of experiential training program over a long period of time. Many such programs also utilize ''personality tests,'' such as those briefly described in what follows.

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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