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Four Tips for Sourcing the Perfect Project Manager

by SUMMIT on November 3rd, 2015

Four Tips for Sourcing the Perfect Project Manager

A great project manager is an invaluable asset to companies and their clients. When it comes to integrating new technology, the ideal project manager will bridge the gap between other team members to keep a project on time, on budget, and moving in the right direction. According to Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast, project management is the second most sought-after skill in the world of IT.

Part of the reason the skill is in high demand is because organizations are implementing new technologies at fast rates. Both client IT teams and solutions providers need high quality project management leaders to make the most of an investment. Poor project management can be like throwing the budgeted allowance for a solution out the window, hurting both parties in the process. Project managers are essential for the successful implementation of any digital solution.

Here is what you need to know to source the right project manager for any job:

  1. Experience isn’t everything. You want to know that a project manager has the skill-set you need, and experience and certification are ways to show that skill level. However, project managers who have been around for years may be set in their ways or jaded by past experiences. High energy and a need to achieve combined with basic experience may be more important personality traits than years of experience for a successful project manager.
  1. Referrals are goldmines. As with any sourcing project, referrals from networks are the best places to look for successful candidates. Not only is a referral more likely to have the skill-set you need, but he or she may also work harder to reflect well on the individual who passed on the referral.
  1. Look for the right combination of skills. Project managers wear many hats. They need to be able to learn the basics of new technologies quickly to act as an intermediary between individuals. They need to be highly organized but also able to change direction on a dime when obstacles arise. A great project manager will not cave under pressure and will remain level-headed when tension gets high. The project manager will talk to numerous people and must be able to find solutions and drive efficiency instead of focusing on mistakes.
  1. A good attendance record is an asset. Some people who work on projects may only have limited contacts, and many technology projects feature a mix of sensitive, proprietary information and general information. A great project manager will always be available to field questions and eager to connect the right parties. However, they should also know how to manage time effectively to avoid burnout and scope creep.

Tech projects and systems integration are exciting for both the provider and the company making the investment, but also intense and full of surprises. Remember, project management is a job that requires the right soft skills as well as hard skills. Whether you take a long look at the people who are already in your organization or you’re looking for someone new, the talent you need may be closer to home than you think.

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