Why I Like Being a Project Manager
I have often been asked in the past about the benefits of working in project management.
Having worked for many businesses in various roles, I have learned that what I like most about project management is the variety of roles and the type of environments I am exposed to.
I was always drawn to the concept of managing, but didn't really want to stay with the same environment or be involved in long-term operational work.
Project management appeals to me because it allows me to:
- Manage teams
- Work with different teams on the new projects
- Work in different cultural environments
- Be exposed to various architectures, systems
- Manage my time and efforts against very specific deliverables
- Work in multiple departments or areas, thus being able to gain insight into the ways of managing projects by looking at different angles and listening to different points of view
The project management cycle is so finite that it creates an opportunity to refine skills a lot faster. As a project manager moves from one stage to another, you get to know the components of project management delivery. Therefore, you have many opportunities to improve how you manage each of them, be it budgeting, generating the scope of work, generating a work breakdown structure or managing the risks.
The opportunity for lifelong learning in project management is also a benefit. While you get to do a complete job with the skills you have -- therefore covering all aspects of the project management -- you also get an opportunity to specialize in a particular area, such as risk management or schedule management.
What other benefits have you discovered?
|Dr.Ahmad Al-Ani, MD, PMP, CPHIMS|
According to me, Project Management (PM) also presents us with following gifts:
1) Chance to develop your soft skills faster as you with different teams
2) Chance to travel as you might have to work at different locations for specific times as and when required by the project
3) As every project is unique, it helps us to tailor our thinking into specifics of that project without losing the track of general PM principles
4) As we gain more expertise into PM, it helps us shape our thinking to carry out our personal things (e.g. travel from one destination to another) as well in PM way
5) As PM is industry independent. It helps to contribute to different industries
My view on managing project is balance, much like we're trying to balance our project's objectives with project constraints, we must balance ourselves too.
|Abigail Naa Adjorkor Tetteh|
|Ahmad Yahya, PMP|
|Athif Khaleel Mohammed|
It was kind of a shift from RM-2-PM (Wow! did I discover something here:)), a.k.a. reactive mode to proactive mode. I've learned how to forecast & manage risks.
Way to go!!
"And you never know what your next project will be like" -- again, what is expected from a Project Manager?
|Tanveer D.K., PMP.|
Thus, every start of a new project is a start zero point for everything.
You got to constantly prove your skills & abilities to down-the-line teams so that it works in tandem to make a project success story.
Thus, changing variables makes this profession dynamic & challenging in nature.
1. It is very interesting because every project is unique.
2. I am able to feel the difference I am making to the project thru personal initiatives.
3. Project management requires multiple skills and an open mind.
4. It always propels me to develop myself/reinvent myself.
|Delia Militaru, PMP|
I agree with a previous comment: â€œPM is a character-building exercise.â€ Applying lessons learned from the previous projects that I have managed I am trying to be more in control of the â€œknown unknowns,â€ having the opportunity to develop myself and to improve my performance.
|Deepa Susan Koshy, PMP|
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