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Why project management skills are essential for every professional

In a historical context, project management skills might have been understood to be essential for only a particular kind of professional – namely those who were specifically tasked with handling the organisation of a company’s projects. However, in the modern organisational context, there are very good reasons why this view is now considered out-dated. There are now clear and obvious advantages to every professional focusing on the development of their toolset of project management skills.


The reason for this is, of course, that modern organisations need every professional to handle multiple responsibilities and projects. Whether you are working in marketing, business development, or finance, being able to rely on project management skills is a huge advantage for getting things done.


Key project management skills that every professional should develop include:


Risk mitigation


The management of risk in a project is essential for its eventual success. This involves planning a project effectively, with full consideration of where issues may arise, and where resources might need to be allocated. Spotting potential issues before they ever become actual problems is the best way to avoid later crises.


Monitoring performance


Projects are only effectively completed where there are regular benchmarks and targets to measure performance and progress towards a goal. A professional needs to be equipped with the capacity to objectively measure the performance of a project, and should be ready to alter course when needed.


Change management


Part of managing a project effectively is the capacity to handle any change that might occur. If a particular strategy entails organisational change, a professional needs to be comfortable in leading their team through this process – first understanding the change themselves, then conveying the new vision to their team.


Critical thinking


All professionals need to be able to make quality decisions in the workplace. This comes with being able to consider the merits and drawbacks of different alternatives, and then making critical decisions between these options. This isn’t an innate skill, and is readily practiced and improved through different approaches and methodologies.  

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