Philosophy

So You Want to become a Project Manager?

Published on Feb 22nd, 2011 by

So You Want to become a Project Manager?
Are you really really sure? Think about it, here are just a few things that may very well come your way:

  • dealing with project failure, people often forget that this is also part of the job, better be ready when it comes,  the statistics are against you here, it’s only a matter of time
  • people will expect a lot from you, and their expectations will conflict, and it’s up to you to figure out how to handle it
  • you’ll need to take full responsibility, but you’ll only have indirect control
  • losing support from key people and having to find a solution (people leave, become ill, win the lottery …)
  • making extra hours, this will happen, you’ll do it either because you want  to or because you have to
  • starting the week early on Sunday evening to get ahead of the wave
  • situations where your corporate management or your sponsors just lose interest, yep it can be cruel world out there
  • getting way out of your comfort zone, you’re dealing with change on a daily basis
  • dealing with (angry) people

But it’s all worth it!

Now why would you become a project manager?

  • you’ll be learning new things every single day
  • being a key part of making clients happy and making your teams happy
  • sharing the joy of a successful project
  • being in control of the process
  • having the freedom to solve things your way
  • helping people grow together, organising synergy; it is difficult but enormously rewarding
  • seeing pieces fall in the right places and going “I love it when a plan comes together” like Hannibal from the A-Team
  • the pay you get as a PM should be good
  • you can allocate budget for the project completion party =]

If you want to learn about becoming a project manager, the mindset and advice for starting project managers stay tuned. The blog has been silent the past months because of some personal priorities I had to take care of, and now we’re back up and ready to help you become the best project manager you can be.

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What is a Project Manager?

Published on Sep 20th, 2010 by

What is a Project Manager?

After some light thought there was no better way to start this blog than with this very essential question. This is the first post of the new Journeyman PM blog after all.

Wikipedia defines “project manager” like this:

  • Project managers can have the responsibility of the planning, execution, and closing of any project, typically relating to construction industry, architecture, computer networking, telecommunications or software development. Many other fields in the production, design and service industries also have project managers.

I’ve heard some of the following interesting definitions of what a project manager ought to be all are true in their own way …

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