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The 4 Types of Project Manager?
According to an article Harvard business review there are 4 types of project managers with the following characteristics described bellow:
1 -Strategy should be, 2-Growth opportunity is, 3 -organizational followers should,
4 - Weapon of choice.

Prophet - 1 -Challenged. 2- A grand vision. 3 -Do a leap of Faith. 4 - Persuasive vision
Gambler - 1 -Followed. 2 -A bet. 3 - Gamble a bit and pursue rewards 4 - Potential Reward.
Expert - 1 - Challenged. 2 - An analisys. 3 - Listen to be advice act upon this 4 - stay within strategy and Follow analisys.
Executor- 1 - Followed. 2 - A sure thing. 3 - Well supported arguments. 4 -Business cases and reports.

According the article, the bottom line is that the diversity of styles offers a competitive advantage in terms of business development, and all four types are necessary pieces of your organizational constellation, even though the optimal dose of each may differ.

I found this article funny, interesting and arguably, good to promote a discussion
Do you think it is possible to divide the project managers in this categories (for me this is a novelty)?
If you agree with this classification what do you think is the optimal dose of each type? (Should depend of the type of the organization)
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Dear Alexandre
Interesting this your question
Thanks for sharing

Adriano Freire in his egos map, 4 types of pure personalities that result in 16 mixed mixed personalities

It is a very interesting model.
According to him, people with the most appropriate profile should be chosen to manage the projects according to their specificity

I do not know the model you presented, if there is more material to identify project managers according to the proposed typology.

It seems to me an interesting approach based on the principle: the right manager for the specific project
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 02, 2020 5:54 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

Thanks for sharing your opinion, I don't know the model of Adriano Freire, I will take a look seems interesting.

Alexandre
Feb 02, 2020 5:45 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Interesting this your question
Thanks for sharing

Adriano Freire in his egos map, 4 types of pure personalities that result in 16 mixed mixed personalities

It is a very interesting model.
According to him, people with the most appropriate profile should be chosen to manage the projects according to their specificity

I do not know the model you presented, if there is more material to identify project managers according to the proposed typology.

It seems to me an interesting approach based on the principle: the right manager for the specific project
Dear Luis,

Thanks for sharing your opinion, I don't know the model of Adriano Freire, I will take a look seems interesting.

Alexandre
Interesting model, Alexandre! To this list I would add:

Bureaucrat: 1-Worshipped 2-Less important than following well-established processes and 'best" practices 3-bow down and blindly follow 4-governance checklists and SOPs

:-)
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 02, 2020 6:30 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Kiron

Thanks for sharing your ideas, I think you could always join more categories according to the project manager characteristics.
The ones you added make total sense according to the subject.

Alexandre
Feb 02, 2020 6:24 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Interesting model, Alexandre! To this list I would add:

Bureaucrat: 1-Worshipped 2-Less important than following well-established processes and 'best" practices 3-bow down and blindly follow 4-governance checklists and SOPs

:-)
Kiron

Thanks for sharing your ideas, I think you could always join more categories according to the project manager characteristics.
The ones you added make total sense according to the subject.

Alexandre
Thanks for sharing, Alexandre.

It is yet another model to look at the world and adds a new perspective.
Not sure about the practical value in itself, have to think about situations where this may help.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 02, 2020 10:00 AM
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Thomas,

Thank you, for your appreciation, I agree with you it's just another model doesn't hurts to know, if it has practical application in the moment honestly I can't tell.

Alexandre
Feb 02, 2020 7:23 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Thanks for sharing, Alexandre.

It is yet another model to look at the world and adds a new perspective.
Not sure about the practical value in itself, have to think about situations where this may help.
Thomas,

Thank you, for your appreciation, I agree with you it's just another model doesn't hurts to know, if it has practical application in the moment honestly I can't tell.

Alexandre
Thank you for sharing. Interesting comments. Will definitely research more on this and the Adriano Freire's egos map mentioned by Luis. All interesting perspectives.
Dear Alexandre,

It is the desire of all project managers to have more than one weapon in their arsenal that they can draw on when and if the situation arises. Some of these skills come naturally and may have been learned through different non work related situations while other skills are developed and evolve through various projects a project manager would undertake in their career. I would see the classification of project managers into various grouping based on personal characteristics and attributes as a mechanism to try and breakdown the ingredients it takes to make a project manager. It takes hard work, determination, self learning and a lot of other attributes to become a project manager, not simply something that can be defined or explained in an article. But for learning purposes it make sense in trying to understand what makes something tic.

Daire
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2 replies by Alexandre Costa and Daire Guiney
Feb 03, 2020 3:22 PM
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Dear Dare,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The purpose of the article is academic, as you emphasize, I am curious by nature and I like to share with the community others perspectives. Only time will tell if this has value or not, but in the end, important is that makes us think about the topic.

Alexandre
Feb 04, 2020 9:38 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Alexandre,

Agreed. The article takes a scientific approach to project management traits. It would be interesting to know what traits the most successful project managers have. By success I mean projects that have the greatest impact on their respective audience.

Daire
Interesting Information share, thanks for sharing.
Hi Alexandre,

I'd like to read the article, do you have a link?

based on your summary I find it extremely interesting the article positions the PM in an authoritarian type leadership role; the Prophet evangelizes, the Gambler pushes reward over risk, the Expert teaches, and the Executor directs. Even Kiron's Bureaucrat is guided by rules and governance. The use of a "weapon of choice" seems to put the PM in an adversarial position between the project team and the stakeholders.

With that in mind, I'd like to add another type for consideration: The Servant Leader 1 - Serve 2 - Collaboration with stakeholders 3 - focus on communication 4 - Teamwork

I've found that the teams I lead perform better when I let them self-organize while I am focused on clearing roadblocks, managing scope, and helping them be more efficient. I tell the team that I am the least important member, and the easiest to replace; if the team loses a developer or a business analyst they lose all the knowledge that that person has. If they lose their PM they can keep on with a minimum of lost knowledge.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

-Scott
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 03, 2020 3:28 PM
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Hi Scott,

Thank you for sharing your opinion. I have no problem in sharing the article , https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-4-types-of-project-manager I hope put links here don't be against the rules.

Alexandre
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