Question about personal skills in project management.

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How to determine the skills of a software developer in a job interview?

I have come to a new challenge in my career that involves handling some job interviews, and I must determine if the applicant really has mastered the skills he/she lists in his/her CV. How do I ...
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How to Adapt to a New Team Culture?

I work for a boss/project manager at a new company who is a total 180 from my former boss (which is why I picked him) and creates a completely different culture in the project team. He is very ...
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Dealing with a coworker who keeps making the same mistakes over and over

I've been struggling in a peculiar situation since a while ago and would like your inputs on it. In our project (which is a maintenance project), there are some tasks that are done from time to time ...
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What techniques are necessary to convince (upper) management to abandon a project once time has been invested?

I want to convince my manager and (probably) his manager that a project needs to be scrapped and we need to purchase an off-the-shelf solution. Somehow it was recommended that, rather than use a ...
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How to implement kanban principles into one's personal life?

I'm impressed with kanban from a team perspective, and I'd like to suggestions on how to implement kanban from a personal perspective.
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How can I improve my management skills in preparation for a potential career shift from programmer to manager?

I’m a long time programmer (15 years), who likes his work, but I see that a lot of people have changed their career after few years and moved to management. I never liked management, and most of all I ...
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How to become solution-oriented and self-organized?

I recently got a conversation with my team leader. He told me that I'm currently not solution-oriented and not self-organized. And that I have to do something about it. I'll try to do better, but that ...
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What personality traits suggest that a person should move towards project management?

I've just started as an intern for a big company, so this obviously doesn't immediately apply to me. I love programming, however, I'm still considering potential career paths I may be most suited ...
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Does project management mean managing people?

Does project management mean managing people? So far, from my understanding, managing people is somehow part of project management. But I don't have any formal training in this direction and I can't ...
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How to work with a team member with a severe tic?

I am a researcher at a university. I have supervised some Master's theses, but never a work project. Today, I informed my first ever student assistant that she is hired. She is a nice girl and has ...
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How “pushy” should a PM be?

Most PMs are driven by results, and that is probably a good thing, most of the time. However, I have a colleague who has become utterly focused on delivery, and won't accept any answer that she ...
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Does anyone use a personal Kanban / Scrum board for project management activities (rather than work items)?

I've seen plenty of people using Kanban or Scrum boards to manage the work of a project. However, I also use a personal Kanban board to manage my work at home, so I was curious - does any PM use a ...
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Could a Knowledge Manager be a Project Manager?

The Knowledge Manager role has evolved drastically from that of one involving the creation and maintenance of knowledge repositories to one that involves influencing the culture of an organization ...
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How do you encourage project members to document their work for end-of-project handover?

It seems that the worst aspect of any project is documentation - what developers have done, what contractors delivered, who owns what, how to support the end result, etc. How do you encourage all ...
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What is the breakdown of personal skills that a PM is required to have in order to effectively do his job?

Much of the work that a PM performs involves tough situations, politics, coordination and communication across boundaries. This suggests to me quite an array of personal skills are required, but I've ...
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Which skill set is necessary for a project manager?

I know that this question depends a lot in the environment the Project Manager works in, but still want to know on the average, which skill/skill set that need to be focused more than others. To name ...