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In its simplest form, a Project Manager's job is to ensure a project is completed successfully. In more complex terms, it includes managing countless aspects from people to budgets to timelines.
You don't always need the title of Project Manager to be responsible for the completion of a project. Independent contractors are often brought into lead a specific task due to their niche skillset, and naturally end up taking on these responsibilities.
As the infographic below from Brandeis University shows, projects fail for any number of reasons. And, if you read further down, it implies that the root of these failures is lack of specific skills, both hard and soft. The infographic goes on to explain that most people excel at only one type of skill and need to work to develop the other.
Thankfully, this helpful infographic goes further to provide tips and tricks on how you can improve your hard and soft project management skills. If you're in the profession, or a subject matter expert who gets pulled into leading projects, have a look and see how you can improve on your skills.