a new model for training project managers
The real problems that project managers routinely face are not generally addressed in most project management training courses, which tend to focus narrowly on tools and techniques. The leading causes of project failure, according to a recent survey involving over 600 project managers, had more to do with planning and control than with specific project management topics like scheduling, estimating, or budgeting. This article proposes a new model for training project managers. The model focuses less on the mechanics of project management and more on such matters as developing interpersonal skills, getting current project information, proactively developing power and influence within the organization, influencing the bosses, and managing the project team and client/customer relationships.