7 must-have project management skills for IT pros

By Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, CIO |  IT Management, project management

Skill No. 7: Possess the necessary technical skills. To be a good project manager, you "must have solid knowledge of the platforms, software and programs that your company regularly works with, even if your job is not actually technical," says Joel Gross, the founder and CEO of Coalition Technologies, a Web design and marketing firm.

And "a great project manager needs to have enough technical knowledge about areas of the project to be able to assign themselves to some of the tasks," adds Bob Herman, the owner of Tropolis Group, which provides IT, mobile and social media management services to companies. Why? "Assigning yourself to some of the project tasks and successfully completing those tasks on time helps you earn the respect you need to successfully manage the project team."

Any other skills you think are essential to being a good project manager? Please leave a Comment.

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff is a contributor to CIO.com and runs a marketing communications firm focused on helping organizations better interact with their customers, employees, and partners. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

Read more about project management in CIO's Project Management Drilldown.


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