Hi, I am a .net developer 4 years of exp. I am doing distance MBA, and want to become a project manager in future. what things should I do/follow in terms of getting certification or acquiring skills to achieve this ambition. Also will distance MBA adds any value to my profile?
Vishwas's Advice on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 :
Let me congratulate you for deciding what you want to be and this is actually the first step in achieving what you want to be. Ideally any role would require certain competencies and skills. Yes academics, education and experience of course are important but eventually they shall result into into skills. So it is better to focus on what skills might be needed for being a true project manager.
Some of them can be following (it can be debated endlessly though)
1. Planning and scheduling - includes creating WBS (Work breakdown structure), estimation
2. Prioritizing, executing and control
3. Organization and delegation
4. Leadership skills- lead by example, motivation, eye for details, quality & productivity
5. Stakeholder management
6. Calmness and composure
Also instead of type of education like distance or full time, what would be more important is the way one does such education. If there is focus, dedication, purpose any education would help to impart the skills.
As a side note, it may be also important to neglect the daring examples of project managers who are neither good managers nor good professionals and still surviving.
Hope this helps.