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What it takes to be a top-notch project manager?
20 November 2009

Project Managers are the soul of a project because they symbolize quality assurance and control. However, not everyone in the field has managed to collect a secret recipe to succeed. This explains why over the past years, large enterprises are experiencing difficulties in searching for top-notch project managers, even with premium offers!

On 20 November 2009, Ms Patty Wong, Founder and Past President of Professional Management Institute (PMI) HK; Mr. Peter Yeung, General Manager, Microsoft (HK) Ltd; Mr. Raymond Yu, Vice President of itSMF HK; Professor KF Wong, Associate Dean of Faculty of Engineering, CUHK and Mr. Kenric Li, KORNERSTONE Master Trainer in Professional Management Professional (PMP), were invited to divulge their "secret recipe” of being a top-notch project manager. More than 100 project management professionals were attracted to check out their ingredient lists!

“The Power to Desire” is the first ingredient to be a top-notch project manager, said Ms. Patty Wong in the opening keynote speech. “The power of desire will drive you to take initiatives and acquire the knowledge and skills that you need.” Patty said that “Results-Oriented” is the second ingredient in your recipe because you have to always stay ahead of your goals!

There is a great deal of value placed on communications because project managers often dare not say “No” in face of unreasonable tasks. Mr. Peter Yeung said that “some project managers have difficulties to manage their customers’ expectations”. Peter said that “Soft Skills” here play a vital role because project leadership calls for clear communication with people at all level.

Enriching a “Professional Certification” is required because they are mostly needed in project management jobs. “But certification like PMP® is only a stepping stone of your career”, said Mr. Raymond Yu. Raymond reminded that certification holders need to demonstrate your “Value” and “Competence” at work with “Enthusiasm” – which are all crucial ingredients to succeed.

“Corporate Culture” is also important. Professor Wong highlighted the example of Google who created a special development culture in which everyone was completely responsible for their contribution to the company. Google’s project management internal tools were surely a lesson to learn for the young project management professionals today. However, Professor Wong reckoned that the requirement of project management is too board to be included in a University curriculum but it is a “must-have-knowledge” in the challenging-business world.

KORNERSTONE would like to take this opportunity to thank the distinguished speakers and the support from the organizations involved including Project Management Institute Hong Kong Chapter, IT Service Management Forum Hong Kong Chapter, Hong Kong Computer Society and Cliftons. We look forward to more professional knowledge sharing of this kind.