What are the core competencies of a successful project manager?

Project management ties together all activities on a project. If the efforts of all the stakeholders are not expertly coordinated and skilfully managed, the project could overrun the budget, fail to meet the schedule, or fall short in quality. Even on-time and under budget projects can still fail if the business criteria are not met. The larger and more complex the project, the more critical the overall project management function. Common pitfalls to project success are lack of analysis, minimal input from business users, and no effective method or tool to distribute and capture project information. The hidden pitfall of project failure is assigning under-qualified project managers to complex projects. Criteria for selecting a qualified project manager often focus on the personality fit in the environment, and only secondly on the educational and experience background. Project management core competencies are not given enough focus. Projects vary widely in their complexity due to different business and techni
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