Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Must Project Managers be Technically Savvy?

Luc Richard writes in an article for ProjectSmart:

"Must project managers be technically savvy? This topic always seems to cause quite a stir. While some believe that all you need to manage a project is a PMP certification, others are convinced that you can't successfully manage a software development project unless you truly understand the intricacies of the product.

I agree! To be an effective project manager, you must know the ins and outs of your solution. You must be capable of designing and developing the solution yourself."

I do not agree that project manager's need to have the technical know-how on specialized products. What becomes of working in a project team and the sourcing of expert advice when needed. It may just be this know-all attitude that may result in a failed project.

To be a successful project manager requires an understanding of the methodologies of project management, for eg. scheduling, estimating, resource allocation, risk, communication, quality etc. , and be a strong communicator. It also requires the ability to motivate project team members towards excellent, and using the best ideas for project success.

I would agree with Richard's that knowledge of product or required end result is important, but not to the expert level he suggests.

Read Richard's full article at:

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