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Interpersonal conflicts

Coping

Handling changes

Technological

Meeting ("unrealistic") deadlines

created when deadlines and schedules are unrealistic may be minimized through a project manager's problem finding ability and experience in getting things back on track.

What was found underscores the claim that the primary problems of project managers are not technical, but human. Improving project managers' technological capabilities will be helpful only to the extent that this improves their ability to communicate, be organized, build teams, provide leadership, and deal comfortably with change. The challenge for technical managers, or for those moving from technical into managerial positions, is to recognize the need for, and to develop where necessary, their interpersonal skills.

References

1. Archibald, R. D. Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects. New York: lohn Wiley & Sons, 1976; Kernzer, H. Project Management for Executives. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982, Stuckenbruck, L„ "Ten Attributes of the Proficient Project Manager." Proceedings of the Project Management Institute. Montreal, 1976, 40-47; and Thamhain, H. and Wilemon, D., "Skill Requirements of Engineering Project Managers." Twenty-Sixth IEEE loint Engineering Management Conference, 1978.

2. Roman, D. D. Mana^in^ Projects: A Systems Perspective. New York: Elsevier Science Publishing, 1985.

3. Badaway, M. Developing Managerial Skills in Scientists and Engineers. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982.

4. Hitchcock, L. "Problems of First-Line Supervisors." Research Management Vol. 10 (6), 1967, 385-397.

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