Project Management

The Top 10 Myths of Project Management

Need help battling the skeptics of project management? Do you ever face some resistance when bringing your new team and/or customers up to speed on why you’re applying project management principles?   If so, you’re in luck! This article reviews some of the most popular myths that you can expect to hear. 


Remember, each of us sees the world differently. The lens we view it with is colored with information and also some degree of misinformation. Working with your stakeholders, it may be useful to take a look at this list of common misconceptions of project management so that you can step forward together from a common basis of understanding.


First, take a look at the myths and see how many of them you can identify with:


Myth #1: Seasoned project managers planned for it. That is, they pursued an educational path that resulted in the official title of Project Manager.

Myth #2: The best project managers are those that are certified or have a degree in it.

Myth #3: We can tell that a project is destined for trouble once it is really cranking along.

Myth #4: The principle role of the project manager is to ensure that the schedule is met.

Myth #5: Project management is just the science of figuring out where to apply your heroes, versus where to apply the rookies.

Myth #6: A seasoned project manager is a silver bullet.

Myth #7: The best project managers are those that …

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