What does a project manager need to know? If you look down the job adverts on project management websites or in magazines, you’ll see a long list of skills that employers ask for. If you look at the list of features on project management software tools, you’ll find a host of functionality that broadly tallies to supporting the skills and techniques used by project managers. But which of these are most important? Here are 5 critical skills for your project management career, all things that you can practice and improve at, and all things that will help you progress up the career ladder if you choose to.