We talk a lot about project management technology (and we mention a bunch in this episode), but we never talk about perhaps the most important part of successfully managing projects, the project manager!
And over the many years of managing and hiring project managers, this is probably the area where I have made my best hires, so I feel confident in sharing my experience in what you should look for when hiring a project manager.
In this episode, I go over the soft skills and the technical skills you should look for when hiring a project manager to join your team.
Topics Discussed (Time Stamped)
02:03 How to hire a good project manager 04:58 Why it’s a skill that goes across the organisation 05:03 The true role of project managers 06:09 Looking at the combination of soft skills 06:15 On high IQ people 06:27 On high EQ people 08:46 Why written communication is equally as important in a project management role 10:33 On making sure to get that right person that have that inner personal communication skills 10:44 Why you have to be careful when hiring less experienced project managers 13:24 Time management 14:12 They need to have leadership skills 17:28 Subject matter expertise 20:02 The technical skills that you may or may not need 20:27 Resource allocation 21:58 Task management 23:45 Timeline planning 24:37 Ability to set deadlines 24:46 How we are inclined to underestimate work 25:36 Familiarity with project management tools
02:26 “Don’t hire before you have the need for it.”
16:21 “The best way to be a great leader is to show that you’re a servant.”