An article written by Stan Portny that appeared in US Industry Today
The Human Side of Project Management
It's not all flow charts and expenditure tracking techniques. The most important part of managing any project is dealing with the people.
What do the words project management mean to you? For many people, graphs, charts and mountains of paper spring to mind. Sure, there's a technical component involved in guiding a project from beginning through performance to closure. But project management is as much about relationships - getting people aligned intellectually, emotionally and psychologically - as it is about mastering. say, the network diagram technique. And knowing these skills can benefit virtually everyone in every level of an organization . . . regardless of your job title or field of expertise.
Over the years, I've discovered that more and more people are beginning to better understand what project management is - and to realize it is a required progression in their own career paths. And business professionals are always asking me how they can run their projects more smoothly and with better results.
As I mentioned earlier, people skills are the most important facet of project management. This has always been my philosophy, and, quite frankly, it's a major focus of my consulting business. In fact, I have written a new book that, in addition to helping professionals everywhere gain a working knowledge of project management tools and techniques, offers lots of information on the human side of the industry.
Titled Project Management For DummiesŪ, it is filled with tips like these:
Can you see how these principles can make your workday smoother and more productive? If your job requires working with people to achieve a common goal, I assure you they will.
In short, the skills and techniques of project management aren't burdensome tasks to be performed because some process requires it. Instead, they're a way of thinking, a way of communicating, and a way of behaving. They are incorporated into the essence of how we approach all of our work every day.