The Morphing Project Manager

Laura Dallas Burford is the founder of LAD Enterprizes, a management consulting firm that partners with consultants as well as internal and external consulting organizations to successfully build the operational and delivery aspects of their practices. Laura appreciates feedback on her articles and can be reached at laura@ladenterprizes.com. She is the author of Project Management for Flat Organizations.

As Harry listened to the rain hit the windows, he diligently scoured LinkedIn for a new position. The first job posting was for a “Transformative ScrumMaster with solid project management background.” Not qualified. Skip that one. Next posting: “Report Scrum team velocity and manage sprint capacity.” Not qualified.

As Harry skips over this position, he wonders if he made a mistake bypassing the Scrum class opportunity. Next posting: “Project Manager and business analysis experience required.” Harry contemplates applying; maybe he can convince the hiring manager that he has business analysis experience. After all, he was a team member on a process improvement project. Apply for this position.

After working all morning, Harry closes his eyes and laptop, disheartened. He reviews his notes. Only two potential positions, and one was not a good fit. He wonders, “Where are the plain old-fashioned project management positions?”

After analyzing his notes, he realizes many of the positions included management requirements for areas for which he is not qualified. Harry concludes that hybrid project manager roles might be the way of the future and maybe he needs to revisit his skills. This article provides guidelines to enhance or assist with becoming a hybrid project manager. It starts by…

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