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Soft skills all important
I've worked with many project managers. The most successful of them was a Woman who had great interpersonal soft skills. While she was not the most technically savvy among them she had an inate ability to identify and leverage teh skills of them team she was leading. Communication was alwasy very clear and precise and documentation likewise. Techies moving to PM should recognize that need for the soft skills and ability to synergize a team and empower everybody to contribute their specific expertise without stepping on each other. It's almost like being a good primary school teacher, sorting out who's at fault for an argument and gettign everybody to make up so they can go on with the class.