Project Management

Success Shouldn’t Be Measured in Hours

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Can you be a project manager without loving it? I posed that question in this article, and like so many of my articles, the value comes from how you—the readers—respond to it. And some of your great feedback from that article have led me to write this piece.

When I grow up, I want to be a PM!
The first point that was made (one I think we all know, but perhaps don’t consciously consider) is that project management isn’t a “destination” career. I don’t expect it to be up there with “football player” or “astronaut” among the career ambitions of 8-year-olds, but even among people who are getting ready to enter the workplace, project management is probably not their first choice.

That may be changing now as it becomes more mainstream. But for most of us who have been in the profession for some time, it is likely something we transitioned to from something else, perhaps not even consciously. That was certainly the case for me—my first project management appointment came because someone else in the department where I was working left and I was asked to take over.

That means that project management is not necessarily always well understood by those entering the discipline—and if any misunderstanding isn’t addressed quickly, project managers can quickly become disillusioned.

That’s a …

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