Picking the right project manager for your business is a very important decision. It can mean the difference between the success of your project or its failure. Hence, it is important that you go forth with this process with the right qualifications in mind for the person you will be choosing. That said, here are a few attributes to look for on your search:
Someone who goes the extra mile
When choosing a project manager, you want somebody who is 100 percent willing to put in the time and effort that are necessary for the success of your business. In other words, you want someone who has counted the cost and is willing to pay it. You want somebody who will not complain about having to stay an extra hour or two after office hours in order to make sure that all the details are ironed out and that the project is flowing smoothly.
Someone who has an eye for detail
You want to choose somebody who has the uncanny ability to spot details that nobody else sees or rarely sees. This person is able to point out things first before anybody else sees them. This is your ideal project manager. This person will possess the ability to seamlessly manage people and ensure that the job is getting done. This person leaves nothing to chance.
Someone with a good track record
You would be hard-pressed to trust anybody with your business that does not have sufficient prior experience with running a project or at least has proved to come up with noteworthy deliverables before. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. If you see somebody who does not have that much experience but you feel is very promising, then take the risk. But overall, it is hard to go wrong with trusting somebody who has proven himself or herself many times before.
Someone who genuinely cares about the success of your business
Choosing the right project manager for your business can be tricky. There are either too many people whom you feel are qualified, or the pickings could be slim. One factor that might help you decide is choosing someone who genuinely cares about the success of your business. Look for somebody who is not just concerned about getting ahead, but rather, truly has the best interest of your business in mind. These types of people are rare, and these types of people are not to be taken for granted.
Someone who takes initiative
On your search for the right project manager for your business, look for somebody who takes initiative. You want the person who is always the first to volunteer for assignments that nobody else wants to take on and is actually happy to do them. You want the person who is the first to round up everybody and ensure that everybody is doing their part, and that the project is on schedule. If you find somebody with this type of attitude, you cannot go wrong with your choice.
Daniel Ruyter has been managing IT projects since 2001 and writes on behalf of the talent acquisition firm, dinaliC.com.