If I Knew I Was Going to Be a PM, I Would Have Followed a Different Path
I have been a project manager for nearly my entire life. I started managing projects—believe it or not—when I was around 14 years old. While the size, complexity and nature of the projects have evolved considerably since then, I have been managing projects in some shape or form ever since.
While projects have been a constant theme of my life, for the first six years or so I didn’t know that what I did was projects. I didn’t recognize that I was a project manager. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as project management. My job was to get stuff done—whatever stuff needed doing—and doing whatever might be required.
Project management therefore wasn’t something that I set out deliberately to do. It wasn’t a chosen career path. I didn’t follow a particular defined progression to get here. There was no grand strategy or master plan that led to project management as my chosen discipline.
In retrospect, however, it is in all probability entirely inevitable that this is the kind of work I would wind up doing. I like challenges. I enjoy solving difficult and complex problems. I have a visceral distaste for repetition and routine. I like figuring out how to overcome obstacles and work through challenges. If there had been any level of planning involved up front, it is relatively safe to assume that I was destined
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