10 Things That All Great Project Managers Do

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-13-2014 Email

The numbers are not kind: An estimated one-half of IT projects fail, according to industry research. And the bigger they are, the harder they fall—about two of five tech projects budgeted at $15 million or more fail, and 17 percent go so badly, that they threaten to put their organization out of business. Among the challenges commonly cited are a lack of resources, inadequate staffing, confusing and shifting requirements, and the poor design and use of tech. And when a major IT project falls short of requirements, exceeds its budget or misses deadlines, guess who ultimately takes the blame? Yes, it's the CIO. Because even if you delegate the formal role of "project manager" to an employee, you're the one who remains primarily accountable. With this in mind, consider these 10 qualities of a great project manager. They address everything from leadership presence to attention to detail to empathy toward project team members. They were compiled from a number of online reports, including those from 20|20 Business Insight and 99u.com. For more about the 20/20 Business Insight qualities, click here.  For the 99u recommendations, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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