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Can the Project Manager be outsourced?
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Can the Project Manager be outsourced?
If so, under what circumstances?
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They often are (see gig economy), I worked 30+ years as an outsourced PM. There are specialized PM service companies on the market.

They have the benefit of not being limited by company politics, or a perceived career, so they can tell the truth better than internals.
Companies may not have the experience on board and it might not be feasible to build the skills in-house. They bring practices learned in other engagements.

A project might be very special, a one-off or involve new technology, once it is handed over, the product may be run and maintained by less-skilled own staff.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 3:40 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Thomas
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Yes, but there are some critical success factors:
* The PM needs to establish and retain credibility with the project team, since the team will be asked to follow the PM
* The PM should bring something to the table that the project needs that an in-house PM can't bring
* The PM needs to have the trust and support of the sponsoring organization
* The PM must have a familiarity with the organization's culture
* The PM must understand how the organization views cost/schedule/scope priorities and tradeoffs

Sure there are others but these are top of mind.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 12:33 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Lonnie
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
How can an outsourced project manager be able:
1.To establish and retain credibility of the team, being in most situations the team also being outsourced?
2. Bring something to the table that the project needs?
3. Win the trust and support of the sponsoring organization?
4. Have a familiarity with the organization's culture?
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Yes.You may choose to outsource your project manager as a result of your business model. If your projects are of the one-off or ad-hoc variety, then hiring internal project management staff may not make sense. It may be less cost-effective and more of an administrative burden to hire, train .
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 3:41 AM
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Dear Shadav
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Yes, whenever you do not have in house skills or capacity
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 3:42 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Anton
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Oct 21, 2019 4:35 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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They often are (see gig economy), I worked 30+ years as an outsourced PM. There are specialized PM service companies on the market.

They have the benefit of not being limited by company politics, or a perceived career, so they can tell the truth better than internals.
Companies may not have the experience on board and it might not be feasible to build the skills in-house. They bring practices learned in other engagements.

A project might be very special, a one-off or involve new technology, once it is handed over, the product may be run and maintained by less-skilled own staff.
Dear Thomas
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Oct 21, 2019 11:42 PM
Replying to SHADAV MOHAMMAD ANSARI
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Yes.You may choose to outsource your project manager as a result of your business model. If your projects are of the one-off or ad-hoc variety, then hiring internal project management staff may not make sense. It may be less cost-effective and more of an administrative burden to hire, train .
Dear Shadav
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Oct 22, 2019 12:34 AM
Replying to Anton Oosthuizen
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Yes, whenever you do not have in house skills or capacity
Dear Anton
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Oct 23, 2019 12:22 AM
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I do not believe that you need any special PM skills but obviously, since you will be working as an independent contractor you need good business acumen to be successful as a contractor not as a PM per se.

My personal view has always been that a good PM can be good in any situation given the right circumstances. Even the whole Agile hype is really a non-issue since the PM is doing what they have always done but just using different tools and techniques so being contracted on an adaptive or predictive project should not have an impact on your ability to perform well.
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Yes, but in my view (and in relation to a previous discussion) having a permanently REMOTE location PM is extremely challenging. An outsourced PM with the relevant skillset and employed within the remit of the project can be a huge asset.

Sometimes, having an external PM to the business can bring a different dimension of control - although they have to work with the process and controls of the business, they are also very well place to bring different experiences and new ideas.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 12:18 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Karl
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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Yes, they can be outsourced but it depends on the size and complexity of the project. In my opinion if the project is one of your blue chips and is a high risk project then having a Project Manager with expertise with similar projects would definitely be an asset. Also having a new perspective from outside of the organization definitely helps.
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2 replies by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP and Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 12:19 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Arash
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
Oct 22, 2019 12:55 PM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Hi Luis,
Although there are transferable skills that Project Managers gain through experience. If the Project Manager is being outsourced, it would make sense to hire a project manager with experience in that field/specific project. Let's say if the firm is building a Highrise Residential project then it would make sense to hire a PM with that type of experience (If you do not have the right candidate internally with the same skills) or if the firm is looking to roll out a CRM tool across the organization, It would add value if the PM has previous experience in rolling out similar platforms.

To answer your second questionI mostly work on Internal Business projects (M&A, Process Improvements projects, Rolling out different accounting/management platforms, etc.
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yes they can be, alot of Construction, Energy and Oil Industry Involves Owner Engineers/Project Managers who work for and on Behalf of a Company who has been awarded the Project
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 22, 2019 12:20 PM
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Dear Mudassar
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
In your opinion, to be a outsourced Project Manager what characteristics should you have?
Can you manage any kind of projects, whatever business area you are in?
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