Designers traditionally have been hired for their technical and creative skills, but in the current tight labor market, they are increasingly taking on the role of project manager, especially at smaller firms where there are fewer people hired specifically for management roles. Though designers are trained problem-solvers, they often lack the formal business management education necessary to prepare them for their role as project managers. Nevertheless, there are steps that owners can take to choose the best candidates for management, and effective ways to train and mentor these candidates for the best possible outcomes. The cost of training and development can be high, but given the alternatives--faulty budgets and estimates, poor productivity and time management, and mediocre negotiation and presentation skills--it may very well be a minimal investment for maximum returns.


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  • Accession Number: 00790698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 17 2000 12:00AM