May 08, 2013
Project management is like putting together a puzzle: you have an idea of what the finished product will look like, but the steps that you take to get there depend on the group to work together and arrange the pieces in a way that guarantees a successful result. No matter the size or scope of the project in reach, it’s crucial to have a good project manager to guide the team.
The key to project management is to recognize that there is not just one kind of project manager. “Project managers fall into different categories, according to your style of leadership,” reports Zach Katkin on Zincubate. In fact, you could possess the traits of a project manager, “the ones you couldn’t even escape if you wanted to,” says PMHut, and may never have considered yourself to be one. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you’ve had- now is the time to embrace your skills and take on a project.
According to Zoho, the following are the seven essential characteristics of a project manager:
- Guidance: possess great leadership qualities
- Adaptable: easy-going and accepts others’ opinions
- Detail oriented: pays attention to every detail
- Delegator: calls in the team to help when there’s a lot of work to be done
- Vision: plans to achieve the result on time
- Creative: thinks outside the box
- Resourceful: takes on a never-give-up approach
In combination with each other, these traits form different project manager personalities as shown in the chart below.
Whether you are the “innovative” Overachiever or the “no-nonsense” General, Kona can serve as your project management homebase. Within your team’s private space are the tools necessary for any project: a private network of connections, contextualized discussion topics, group & individual tasks, a team calendar, and a file repository. As the project manager, you can decide how Kona will work for your team; adapt it to your project needs.
Kona’s ease of use and adoption allows you to get started and invite others with little effort. Once people have joined your project space, they can begin communicating and working together immediately. That’s the beauty of Kona: the tools for success are right at your fingertips.
Kona is especially good for a multitasking project manager who takes on more than one project at a time. There is no limit to the number of spaces you can create, giving you endless opportunities to bring people together around business goals. Whereas you might have been juggling too much in the past, today you can be equally efficient with everything that you do.
Remember…Kona is for everyone, from every kind of project manager down to the members of their project teams.
What kind of project manager are you? Let us know in the comments below!