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The importance of Project Management (PM) cannot be overemphasized. The demand for capable team and project managers to lead IT projects is increasing. PMI is predicting the demand for new entrants into PM is increasing and the demand for project managers will outstrip the demand for other professions over the next decade. However, PM’s perception of which skills are important for success among working professionals has not received much attention. As educators aspire to prepare students for the PM positions and their challenges, they should be aware of the perceptions of working professionals who have experience with many projects that they succeeded or failed about the importance and necessary skills in successfully completion of a project. This proposed research seeks to understand how practicing PM professionals view the relative importance of various technical and soft PM skills and compares those with perceptions of students taking a PM course about importance of PM skills necessary to successfully complete a project. Further, the PM educators will be surveyed about their perceptions of the importance skills necessary in successfully completing a project and should be taught to students. There has not been the integration of research on the required skills with the project management course offered at the undergraduate level. The primary purpose of this research is to fill this gap in the academic research stream. We seek to gain insights into how working professionals, educators and students perceive the required skills needed to be a successful project manager. This research will help align PM course offerings to PM technical and soft skills.

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