I have to admit that I stubbed my eye when I ran across this point of view in a recent magazine article about a tech upstart Nir Zuk from Palo Alto Networks (PAN)
The comment came from a recent article which focused on Zuk and his management style.
The quote (in context) is:
August 2011 the board brought in Mark McLaughlin, an executive at security firm Verisign, to be its Wall Street-friendly CEO. Zuk, now chief technology officer, doesn’t manage anyone and acts as the firewall against bureaucracy. Even though the firm is adding 100 employees per quarter, Zuk refuses to hire project managers. “They don’t produce anything,” he says. “All they do is coordinate. The people who do the work should coordinate.” It’s nice to know that success hasn’t changed Zuk one bit
Now at first we can take offense to an incendiary statement like this - then we have to consider the source.
Most new California-based tech start-ups are running on pure creativity, imagination, and energy drinks. They probably don't have to manage limited resources too much because they are in a pure, euphoric growth mode.
I don't hold Nir Zuk's comments against him (nor take them too seriously). Just consider the source.
Project management is a vitally necessary skill that has built pyramids, bridges, buildings, and space shuttles and has grown by leaps and bounds as a discipline over the last several decades
Project management allows us to maximize the utility of limited resources.
So, it's nice to know success hasn't changed project management very much either!