Project Management

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

Some people start working as a project manager because it is a goal of their career; others come to it in a natural progression from subject matter expert to manager to project manager. Whether you wanted to be a project manager or not--and whether you have a PMP or not--there are times in your career when you will need to step out of your comfort zone because you are asked to do a task you have never done or that you are uncomfortable with.

When you do, it can be nerve wracking to experience something for the first time or perform a task you are not 100% comfortable doing, but the rewards are manifold. Here are some tips for stepping out of your comfort zone and getting the job done.

Seek Out Experience
One of the first steps is to seek out others who have experience in the area that you do not. If you are tasked with creating a schedule, spend some time with a project scheduler who works with MS Project every day. The tips and tricks you will pick up from just an hour watching and discussing what they do will be well worth the effort. Usually, people are happy to help others out; after all, the situation could be easily reversed on another day.

If there is no one in your organization that has the experience, then you might want to invest some time in networking with other project managers. PMI events are a wonderful time to do this, but there are many other …

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