To Be or Not To Be Project Manager, That Is the Question

Traditionally, a Project Manager is the one planning and sometimes executing a project – from the start to the very end. The end may not really be in reach , but not because of the Project Manager, of course. He/She will surely find lots of people to blame. The same thing happens in real life, but backwards, meaning he/she will take the blame for their own and also everyone else’s failures.  

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Legend states that a harsh project manager can “deliver” a baby in a month from 9 women, unlike the rest of the world – using a single “resource”.

Well, in real life, there are many valiant managers who want to make it big without any awareness of field knowledge or specifics – eventually they end up banging their heads.

What can you do in order to be the most successful project manager (I added some bullet points again, following fans’ requests):

  • deliver within deadline and without overspending;
  • be very well organized yourself. If you aren’t, it’s highly unlikely to manage others;
  • know how to choose your team. If you have this opportunity;
  • keep time. Meaning knowing where you are every minute on terms of project progress, what else is to be done and how much time you have left. Also, keep everyone posted on these insignificant details;
  • be enthused and pass it forward;
  • communication with the team members should be adjusted to each one, literally and figuratively speaking. Fortunately, we are all different;
  • efficiently delegate;
  • document each stage of the project. With bad and good aspects and learned lessons;
  • don’t sh*t your pants when things get tough;
  • ask for help when you need it. You certainly have many colleagues, experts in a field, also willing to help – the same as you do;
  • be aware and try to adapt when needed. Don’t “peace” against the wind. It’s very likely to shift direction along the way;
  • specialize in the field of action. Going back to the “delivery” in one month – it doesn’t help to be a painter and intervene in the work of an architect;
  • don’t have to be a know it all, nor do it all. If that was the case, you wouldn’t have been a project manager, but a one (wo)man show manager;
  • respect and encourage your team. Often;
  • be trustworthy – both as part of the team and out of the team;
  • expect the bad times and no escape times. They will pass;
  • don’t ignore your day job, it happens rarely to have nothing else on your plate apart from you project;
  • …ooops, I nearly forgot. Be competent… preferably.

Last, because it was also first, respect the deadline and stay within the budget.

Good luck managing projects!

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