You must be very self-driven and have exceptional time management, communication, and organization skills. IBM offers very little support in terms of training for your specific account work. Any certifications in Project Management would be helpful e.g. CAPM or PMP (if you have the required hours). You’ll be expected to already know the lingo and be able to jump right in. There will be no hand-holding and some of the accounts can be very demanding. Also, if you have no technical background, expect to put yourself through a quick crash course depending on the project you are put on. I learned quickly about server upgrades and Data Center Relocations.
Cross Functional Project Manager, HW/SW Product Development, SP-PMO at Cisco Systems Inc.
over 1 year ago
The primary skill for a PM is the ability to see the big picture and also delve into the details whenever necessary. Both are equally important to keep the project on track. While working upwards, the big picture view combined with the ability to foresee problems, coming up with solutions, communicating effectively etc., are key. While working with the team, the details are very important and having all the relevant information in the back pocket helps you drive the project on a day to day basis. Building a trust-worthy relationship with all stakeholders is vital to be able to work through tough situations and succeed. Depending on the industry, the subject matter knowledge is of varying importance in working/succeeding as a PM.