Hard Skill, Soft Skills
Managing a project requires both soft skills and hard skills. Interpersonal (soft) skills, are the skills required to interact with each other to get things done.
This blog post is about the importance of interpersonal skills.
Hard skills are like the skills required to use software tools to make a schedule or your project budget
There are many ongoing discussions about which skills are most important. I see the required skills, both soft and hard, as the links of a chain. They all are important. If one link is missing, your chain is broken.
When we think of project management training, we often think about the training in the area of hard skills. However, soft skills are just as important and require proper training also.
On this website (blog), I try to find a good balance between posts on hard skills and soft skills.
In project management nowadays, the following interpersonal skills are needed:
The list above is not exhaustive, but is a good interpersonal skill-set to start with.
In project management, most of the problems that occur are “people” problems. This means that to be a successful project manager, it is essential to have good interpersonal skills.
The importance of interpersonal skills is compounded by the fact that many problems in the hard skills area, such as budgeting, are often caused by poor interpersonal skills.
Development of Interpersonal Skills
In an attempt to mitigate the “people” problems in our work as project managers, I will regularly publish posts about how to develop your interpersonal skills.