Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a project manager?

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Do you have what it takes to be a project manager? How good are your project management skills? Try this simple quick quiz to check if you have what it takes to be a project manager? Or is there skills for improvement?

Which statements apply to you?

1. I communicate what needs to be done by what deadline.

2. I prepare a specific timeline and sequence of activities, and I use this schedule to manage the overall project to ensure its timely completion.

3. I select team members based on the technical skills I need.

4. At the start of a project, I formally outline what, why, who, how, and when – so everyone can understand how the elements of the project fit together.

5. I outline clear expectations for the project team.

6. When a project gets behind schedule, I work with my team to find a solution rather than assign blame.

7.  I define specifically what the stakeholders need and expect from the project.

8. Delivering on time and on budget are the most important things for me.

9. I keep all project stakeholders informed and up-to-date with regular meetings and distribution of all performance reports, status changes, and other project documents.

10. I routinely monitor and reevaluate significant risks as the project continues.

Results

If you have ‘yes’ for more than 5 statements, you are an accomplished project manager. Use your mastery to help others on your team develop their project management skills. Lead by example, and provide opportunities for other team members to manage parts of the project. Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses.

If you struck ‘yes’ for less than 5 statements, your project management skills are OK.  When projects are relatively simple, your outcomes are often good. Take time to improve your planning skills and prepare for the unexpected. The more time you spend on your planning, the better your project outcomes will be.

Conclusion

Whether you have what it takes to be a project manager or hold the title of project manager, chances are that you will be called upon at some time to lead a project. Projects come in all sort of shapes and sizes. As the complexity of the project increases, the ability to monitor the details also increases. The fundamental of managing any projects is usually the same from start to finish. By understanding the key aspect of project management, develop a detailed project schedule and manage it with maximum efficiency.

 

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