Archive for September, 2008
So would you like to know the secret to become a top project manager?
Here is an article written by Meridith Levinson, CIO.com for PC World.
The best project managers are those who consistently deliver, on time and within budget, projects that meet or exceed stakeholders’ expectations. Those project managers understand that leadership and people skills are even more important to good project management than a sound methodology and project tracking tools, says Fumi Kondo, managing director of Intellilink, a management consulting and training company that specializes in technology implementations.
“The more experienced project managers understand that if you don’t get the people side of project management, it doesn’t matter how good your methodology or your tools are,” says Kondo. “If you’re not managing your users, sponsor or stakeholders, you could deliver on budget, but you might not meet their needs, and they’ll say they’re not satisfied.”
So what soft skills are necessary to become a top-notch project manager? Kondo’s firm analyzed the skill sets of both its own best project managers and those of its clients and came up with the following six attributes.
1. They possess the gift of foresight.
2. They’re organized.
3. They know how to lead.
4. They’re good communicators.
5. They’re pragmatic.
6. They’re empathetic.
We are happy to announce that we have extended our team to include Morpheus Venture Partners (MVP) - a startup/ business advisory firm located in Bangalore, India. MVP will provide DeskAway mentorship, access to the right network, product strategy, launch strategy, fundraising strategy etc. and work with us every week to build a word class online service.
I have personally interacted with Sameer Guglani & Nandini Hirianniah of MVP over the last few months (with regards to issues such as online marketing, product design, pr strategy, USP etc.) and I am very excited to have them as a part of the extended DeskAway family. We all look forward to working with them in the coming months.
We live in good times!
Read the brief Q&A with Sahil Parikh on Indian Startup Arena