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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #8 - Do You Need To Know IT To Be A Project Manager?
December 05, 2014


Welcome to Issue #8 of my Project Skills Newsletter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

If you're a budding project manager, or are thinking of becoming one, then one of the common questions you may have is this: "Do I need to know IT?"

You're not alone, really. Many of my readers ask the same question. They're not sure if they can make it as a Project Manager if they're trained in say, marketing or economics, rather than technology ...

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2. More Articles

Top 7 reasons for project management failure
Learn about the top 7 reasons for project management failure.

8 proven ways to increase your domain knowledge in a project
Provides a list of 8 ways to increase your domain knowledge in a project and increase your credibility in front of stakeholders.

Life after being a project manager
Learn about life after being a project manager. There are many career options open to PMs after they get tired of managing projects.

6 tips for speaking clearly as a project manager
A set of 6 tips for speaking clearly as a project manager - the ability to speak effectively is an important skill to master for project managers.

What does a test manager do?
Learn what a test manager does and see if it is the right career path for you.

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3. Tip of the Week

My tip of the week is about project scope control.

How many times have you, as a PM, spoken to a stakeholder and got that sense of dread that he or she is increasing the scope of the project?

Maybe it's a new system requirement.

Maybe it's a new regulation that must be adhered to (but he or she never mentioned before)

Or maybe he or she is just wants to throw in the latest sexy feature into your new CRM system.

At times like these, the first thing you must remember is to be firm. Don't get angry and don't just agree to the new requirement.

Communicate to the stakeholder that the new requirement can be delivered, but not within this release. It's certainly something we can discuss but with the current timeline and resources, it cannot be accomodated.

Most stakeholders will back down and understand. If your stakeholder doesn't, then try persuading him or her over coffee or lunch. If they still don't budge, then you need to escalate.

The main thing is NOT to allow the stakeholder to somehow think you're agreeing to their request.

Always manage your stakeholders' expectations!

Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great week ahead! If you have any questions, send feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Very Respectfully,
Gary Tan
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst

P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.


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