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125 Project Management Skills (List)

        posted by , June 27, 2016

Project management is a high stakes profession.

Each year, over $10 trillion (USD) is spent on projects globally. The construction industry alone represents $7.2 trillion in annual spending. IT spending comes in at a relatively humble $3.6 trillion annually*. Marketing, telecommunications, engineering and heavy industries also collectively spend trillions on projects.

With more than 50% of IT projects failing, the demand for project managers who can deliver is extremely high.

Project manager is a difficult professional to master. These 125 skills are commonly associated with project management.

Core Project Management Skills

1. Scope Management
2. Time Management
3. Cost Management
4. Quality Management
5. Integration Management

Facilitation Skills

6. Communications
7. Human Resource Management
8. Risk Management
9. Procurement Management

Scope Management

10. Developing Requirements
11. Managing Business Analysis
12. Managing Business Architecture
13. Modeling Business Decisions
14. Scope Development
15. Developing Work Breakdown Structures
16. Scope Control and Verification
17. Scope Creep Management
18. Technology Scope Creep Management (Feature Creep)
19. Earned Value Management

Time Management

20. Defining Activities
21. Managing Estimates
22. Activity Sequencing
23. Developing Schedules
24. Schedule Control
25. Managing Priorities
26. ABC Analysis
27. Pareto Analysis (80-20 Rule)
28. Using Time Management Tools

Cost Management

29. Developing Cost Estimates
30. Project Budget Development
31. Budget Administration
32. Budget Control
33. Using Accounting Tools
34. Cost Forecasting
35. Financial Metrics
36. Cost-Benefit Analysis
37. Financial Reporting
38. Financial Analysis for Project Decisions
39. Resource Leveling

Quality Management

40. Developing Quality Plans
41. Quality Assurance
42. Quality Control
43. Project Management Best Practices
44. Quality Standards & Best Practices

Integration Management

45. Developing Project Charters
46. Identifying Project Constraints
47. Developing Project Management Plans
48. Managing Project Execution
49. Project Work Control
50. Change Control Management
51. Managing Project Closure
52. Project Audits
53. Using Project Management Tools


54. Stakeholder Analysis
55. Developing Communication Plans
56. Managing Stakeholder Expectations
57. Client and Stakeholder Relationship Management
58. Project Status Communications
59. Project Metric Development and Communications
60. Meeting Management
61. Verbal Communication
62. Listening Skills
63. Influencing Without Authority
64. Negotiation
65. Interpersonal Skills
66. Presentation Skills
67. Presentations to Hostile Audiences

Human Resources Management

68. Developing Project Resource Plans
69. Organizational Planning for Projects
70. Project Team Acquisition
71. Project Team Onboarding
72. Project Team Development
73. Managing Training
74. Team Building
75. Motivating
76. Conflict Management
77. Project Logistics (e.g. Establishing a PMO Office)
78. Distributed Team Management (Geographically Distributed Project Teams)
79. Performance Feedback
80. Performance Evaluation
81. Cultural Competence
82. Diversity Awareness
83. Leadership
84. Cross-Cultural Leadership

Risk Management

85. Risk Identification
86. Risk Probability Analysis
87. Risk Impact Analysis
88. Risk Prioritization
89. Risk Response Planning
90. Risk Monitoring and Control
91. Risk Reporting
92. Risk Management Tools (e.g. Risk Databases)

Procurement Management

93. Procurement Planning
94. Conducting Procurement
95. Developing RFIs and RFPs
96. Supplier Communication
97. Procurement Negotiations
98. Procurement Logistics
99. Contract Management
100. Vendor Relationship Management
101. Procurement Issue Management
102. Managing Procurement Closure Activities
103. Awareness of Procurement Laws & Regulations

Technology (For IT Project Management)

104. Software Development Methodologies
105. Software Development Lifecycle
106. IT Standards & Best Practices (e.g. ITIL)
107. Architecture Management
108. IT Governance

Soft Skills

109. Professional Ethics
110. Flexibility
111. Organizational Awareness
112. Business Savvy
113. Technology Savvy
114. Politics & Diplomacy
115. Mentoring & Coaching
116. Decision Making
117. Problem Solving
118. Delegation
119. Creative Questioning
120. Openness
121. Dealing with Ambiguity
122. Big Picture Thinking


123. Master of Project Management (MSPM)
124. Project Management Professional (PMP)
125. PRINCE2 Practitioner

This post is part of our Skills Inventory.

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* This 3.6 trillion isn't all spent on projects. For example, a large percentage goes to maintenance.

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