Project Management for Non-PMs

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.

Projects involve the collective effort of many people to accomplish the scope and charter of the project. Without the disparate skills, experience and resources of all the different individuals on the team, there would be no project—there would only be a set of tasks for one person to complete, and that would by necessity be a very limited endeavor.

As the project manager, it is your responsibility to keep everyone working together within the parameters and processes of project management. But helping non-project managers work within the confines of the craft’s body of knowledge can be difficult, to say the least.

Speaking the Language
For non-project managers, one of the first thresholds is the language. They may hear the words “risk,” “critical path” or “front loaded” and either not know what you mean or think of something entirely different. Do not make the mistake of running through meetings throwing out your well-earned knowledge from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) without taking a few minutes to explain yourself.

It may be frustrating, but you might need to explain yourself all the way from the initiation phase to the closeout phase. This is important because it prevents misunderstanding and helps everyone accomplish the goals and vision for the project together instead of …

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