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Who are you as a project manager?
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I have come across many types of project managers over the decades, and thought it would be interesting to create a categorical list of project manager types/qualities (from my personal experience) and see if they resonated with the community. I put Hover Text over each type to give an explanation of that quality, if that doesn’t work, then you can see the details on my recent BLOG entry.

Provide a ranking of the qualities you see in yourself and/or opinions regarding the list. These are all neutral qualities with no intention of portraying one to be better than another. Provide additional categories if you believe they are missing.

- Business Domain Expert
- Coach
- Executive
- Manager
- Next Generation PM
- Philosopher / Architect
- Pragmatist (mixed methods)
- Process Specialist
- Soft-Skills Expert
- Technical Delivery Expert
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Business Domain Expert
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Technical Delivery Expert.
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- Business Domain Expert
- Coach
- Pragmatist (mixed methods)
- Process Specialist
- Soft-Skills Expert
- Technical Delivery Expert
- Executive
- Manager
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I´m Batman
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1 reply by George Freeman
May 27, 2019 11:58 AM
George Freeman
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Hi Sergio,

I googled the description of Batman and the first quality that came up is "genius.”, which if there were anyone I would apply that to in this community – it would truly be you. Another quality of Batman is "humor,” which I also have appreciated in many of your posts. Good combination!
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Coach
Manager
Process specialist
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It's been said that there are two kinds of people: those who put things into categories and those that don't.

Seriously, though, are these better described as descriptors or individual characteristics? For example, an individual could be a coach and an executive and a philosopher simultaneously or could switch hats within a single conversation.
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1 reply by George Freeman
May 27, 2019 11:46 AM
George Freeman
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Hi Greg,

My question states, "Provide a ranking of the qualities you see in yourself," which is explicitly acknowledging the 'Many' relationship. This is a virtual community, and you get to know the members by the content they contribute; this light-hearted question serves that purpose.

I’m not sure what you meant by "there are two kinds of people: those who put things into categories and those that don't." However, I read the description of your upcoming book (which I'm looking forward to reading) and see that we both use categories, so I will take it as a compliment. :)
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- Process Specialist
- Business Domain Expert
- Good communicator
- Proactive Decision maker
- Soft-Skills Expert
- Technical Delivery Expert
- Next Generation PM
- Pragmatist (mixed methods)
- Philosopher / Architect
- Coach
- Executive
- Manager
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May 27, 2019 9:39 AM
Replying to Greg Githens
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It's been said that there are two kinds of people: those who put things into categories and those that don't.

Seriously, though, are these better described as descriptors or individual characteristics? For example, an individual could be a coach and an executive and a philosopher simultaneously or could switch hats within a single conversation.
Hi Greg,

My question states, "Provide a ranking of the qualities you see in yourself," which is explicitly acknowledging the 'Many' relationship. This is a virtual community, and you get to know the members by the content they contribute; this light-hearted question serves that purpose.

I’m not sure what you meant by "there are two kinds of people: those who put things into categories and those that don't." However, I read the description of your upcoming book (which I'm looking forward to reading) and see that we both use categories, so I will take it as a compliment. :)
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1 reply by Greg Githens
May 27, 2019 9:19 PM
Greg Githens
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George,
Your posting also says, " Provide additional categories if you believe they are missing." So, my intention was to challenge categorization by saying that an appropriate category is that there is no category. I'm cautious when it comes to placing labels on people. I fight my tendency to categorize people with simplistic labels, so I didn't elect to place myself in one of the categories.

It might be fair to say that my book, How to Think Strategically, categorizes people into competent versus incompetent, but that is a very minor distinction. It's mostly rhetorical. The bigger (better) idea is to match one's responses to the situation. The human personality is a fluid concept.

If pushed to commit, I'd rather be Batman than Joker. But Joker still brings a valuable perspective to a situation where good (rather than bad) strategy is needed.
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May 27, 2019 7:26 AM
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I´m Batman
Hi Sergio,

I googled the description of Batman and the first quality that came up is "genius.”, which if there were anyone I would apply that to in this community – it would truly be you. Another quality of Batman is "humor,” which I also have appreciated in many of your posts. Good combination!
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
May 27, 2019 1:00 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Hehehehe. Thanks George. Your post are always interesting. Sometimes I really feel like Batman.
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May 27, 2019 11:58 AM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi Sergio,

I googled the description of Batman and the first quality that came up is "genius.”, which if there were anyone I would apply that to in this community – it would truly be you. Another quality of Batman is "humor,” which I also have appreciated in many of your posts. Good combination!
Hehehehe. Thanks George. Your post are always interesting. Sometimes I really feel like Batman.
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