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5 Project Management Skills Every Developer Should Have

Over time, developers have needed to broaden their skills to include at least basic project management expertise. Raise your hand if this is you! Learn the 5 PM skills you need to master in order to keep your career moving forward.

"The days of the siloed project manager and 'skilled' development team are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the increasing complexity of dev projects. In many cases, the knowledge gap between the project manager and the developer is large, making it nearly impossible for any non-technical person to effectively manage the entire scope without significant input from the development team.

"These days, every member has to have a basic level of project management skills to be able to contribute to the overall direction. With the days of Gantt charts behind us and more companies using project management software as they work from remote locations, all team members have better access to all of the components of the project and an expanded sense of responsibility.

"When the developers take an active role in the management of the overall project, the benefits are numerous. Not only do the developers have a better sense of how long each step of the process will take—and their contribution to the larger project—but they can also more accurately prioritize the crucial elements needed to take the project across the finish line or recognize where errors, scope creep or delays may derail a project. In short, individual team members become more active collaborators in delivering better, tighter code and applications more quickly."

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