Corporate project managers, consultancy reps and solo practitioners operate in three distinct project environments. When it comes to career considerations, each set-up presents unique advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and obstacles. Here is professional development advice for project managers in each situation — and for those contemplating a switch.
All project management offices are not created equal, and the perception of a PMO’s value within an organization will greatly influence a project manager’s decision to pursue a position in it. Here are five concerns that could discourage a project manager from seeking a PMO-related role, and why these unappealing factors still might provide opportunities to grow.
An assignment in a PMO can offer project managers experience in program-level risk and change management, expand their awareness of business issues and develop leadership skills. It can also offer the opportunity to become part of the solution to project management processes in need of fixing.
Rather than the traditional lecture format of training, the simulation approach is based on a hands-on, competitive situation similar to a board game. Divided up into project teams and given a complicated IT project, then hit with typical management curveballs, participants converse, make decisions, and learn about project management by doing.
Project managers lament a fundamental dilemma: a high degree of accountability and a low-level of authority. When things go well, others get most of the credit. But when a project fails, the finger gets pointed … at you. To confront this professional reality, and make the best of it, the author offers his own 12-step recovery program.
The success or failure of tomorrow's projects will depend greatly on finding the right people today to manage them. When interviewing candidates, look closely at these 10 areas of qualification. While time consuming, hiring "tough" is an essential upfront process that pays off, again and again.
"Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition."