What is the number one quality that successful project managers have in common?
- Editorial skills?
- Technical ability?
None of the above.
The key to success for campus project managers is buy-in from the top academic officer in the institution. Nothing makes the job more manageable than a Provost, or even President, who supports you in gathering revisions and sticking to deadlines.
If you have been charged with managing this project, do yourself and your boss a favor and take your Chief Academic Officer to lunch today. Work together to define success for your team, and assign roles and responsibilities early on. When you pull it off, you'll have something to crow about.