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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Project Directors

A Project Director should have each of the following 7 habits to be a Highly Effective professional:

1º) Governance: a Project Director is a bridge between his internal organization (for example IT) and the Business (for example his Client, than can be internal clients or external clients). In this context, an article about Mission and Vision of a Project Director has already been provided. It is necessary to have these two things always in mind. Additionally, two skills needed are good Communication Management and Integration Management (most of the time a Project Director needs to consolidate deliveries built for several internal departments or suppliers and the deliveries it has as an unique global Product).

2º) Decisions based in ROI: a Project Director must make decisions, and in these decisions the return of the investment should be always be the driver. Also a Project Director must manage numbers (i.e., KPI, indicators, metrics) to always know what’s going on with his Project in regards to the Business objectives.
3º) Project Plan Definition (PPD): a Project Director must know how to implement the correct custom Project processes to deliver the Product contracted by his Client. The Project Plan must be the first reference and then an interconnected processes model to deliver all of the deliverables included inside the scope of the Project.
4º) Direct and Control: a Project Director must drive the Project in regards to a scope defined in the Project Plan and the quality objectives defined in the Requirements. Therefore, the Project Director can have certainty that he is agreeing with the terms of the contract and with his Client.
5º) Lessons Learned: a Project Director must reflect upon the decisions he has made and learn from them. Sometimes there will have been things that have worked and at other times things that have failed (or have not met the Client’s expectations). A Project Director must be very alert in order to identify all these experiences, write about them, and transform them into habits. It is also very helpful to share these experiences with professional fellows.
6º) Frameworks: a Project Director must have a deep knowledge of standard well-known best practices in the market (i.e. ISO, PMP, PRINCE2, ITIL, COBIT, etc.). With these criteria in mind, he can then decide to adopt or not adopt some of these best practices, but always consciously making an informed decision (based in knowledge, not in ignorance).
7º) Tools:a Project Director, before making a decision about tools, must know what information he is going to need for managing the Project from all the views covered in the points previously mentioned (Governance, Decisions based in ROI, indicators about the processes of the Project Management Model, Direct and Control the project (including meeting quality requirements and acceptance), etc.). Then, based on this information needs, he must choose the correct tool that best fits and that can just give him the right information (always keeping in mind simple solutions for covering needs, because there is no need to implement more complex solutions that exceed what is necessity).
In summary, as you can see these 7 habits match the 7 article categories in what has been structured in the Knowledge Portal, in order to facilitate all our Project Directors too deep into these key abilities for doing their profession successfully. I hope to count on all your participation to work in these 7 management keys for High Effective Project Directors.
Author: angelberniz (All Rights Reserved by the author).
Source: Original Text (based upon first hand knowledge).
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