Out of the starting gate
To successfully manage projects, all project managers--regardless of their specific industry--must possess a core set of particular skills. This article discusses the skills that contemporary project managers must possess to achieve career success. In doing so, it describes which project management skills are most important and why these skills are important. It also identifies why many younger project managers fail and how these individuals can develop the discipline, confidence, and experience they need to obtain coveted project assignments. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first lists four ways that project managers can improve their chances of obtaining coveted assignments; the second looks at the compensation advantages of obtaining a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.