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8 Habits of Very Successful Project Managers

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Over the years, many people have tried to distinguish what successful Project Managers do that makes them successful versus what unsuccessful project managers do not do. One researcher has identified that successful project managers have developed and follow eight specific success habits. These habits are based on and relate to the project management "hard skills" and are practiced using the PM’s "soft skills".

The 8 Success Habits are:

  • Habit 1 - Know Your Outcome
  • Habit 2 - Plan the Achievement
  • Habit 3 - Organize for Success
  • Habit 4 - Gain and Maintain Commitment
  • Habit 5 - Take Massive Action
  • Habit 6 - Monitor and Control Achievement
  • Habit 7 - Stay Focused
  • Habit 8 – The Secret Habit


When these habits are practiced using the required soft skills, project managers have a much better chance of delivering successfully.

In this 1-day workshop, participants will learn more about the eight success habits, specific approaches to implementing them, and how to best use soft skills in doing so.


Upon the successful completion of this workshop, attendees will learn:

  • How to ensure you know your outcome and your project doesn’t suffer from scope creep
  • How to plan the project so that everyone is committed to the plan?
  • How to organize and resource the project to ensure success
  • How to gain and maintain commitment from all project stakeholders
  • How to take massive action
  • How to monitor and control achievement
  • How to stay focused
  • The Secret Habit and how to practice it



Project managers and those who manage project managers, or those interested in project management.


There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


Participants will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides and exercises.

course info

Course ID: RM-2653
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 Day

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 1 4.5 1.5
PgMP 1 4.5 1.5
PfMP 1 4.5 1.5
PMI-ACP 1 4.5 1.5
PMI-SP 1 4.5 1.5
PMI-RMP 1 4.5 1.5
PMI-PBA 1 4.5 1.5

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits