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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Analyze Your Skills Gaps

Unless you’ve already been preparing yourself for the new position, you might perceive some gaps in your current leadership and management skill sets. Your strong technical background was probably a factor in your being selected for the leadership role. But you’ll need some additional skills to be fully effective. Take an honest inventory of your strengths and shortcomings in critical people and project skills, and begin closing any gaps.

Software people aren’t famous for having superb people skills. You might wish to enhance your adroitness at handling interpersonal relationships, resolving conflicts, persuasion, and selling ideas. You’ll have to be able to deal with situations ranging from hiring and firing staff, to ...

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