Project Management Institute

Match makers

The best project managers are obsessed with consistency, repeatedly delivering top-notch results and shaping teams that are most conducive to fostering those outcomes. This article discusses how organizations can correctly match projects and project managers to maximize delivery success across the portfolio. It notes that every project manager's attributes must be considered, including education, experience and the ability to juggle both technical complexities and complex personalities. It then examines three steps that can help organizations ensure the right people work on the right projects: starting with a strategy, matching skills with project equipment, and making an informed decision without letting metrics overrule logic. Accompanying the article are two sidebars: The first lists two underrated skills a good project manager needs and two common "must haves"; the second looks at what happens when a project misfires.
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