Taking The Responsible Approach To Project Management

Many non-profits don’t invest in project management. This is a mistake. 

You shouldn’t skimp on your accounting staff, auditor, employees providing service, or complying with government legislation. And you shouldn’t sacrifice effectiveness because you decide to hobble your projects by ignoring project management. 

Many people feel that project management is a natural skill that everyone can do. The sense is that if you can manage your task list, you can easily manage a project. Managing a project effectively requires a different skill set than managing your task list. Below is a comparison of managing a project and managing your personal work. 

Project Management Personal Task Management
Requires a goal and outcome orientated view across a broad landscape. The project environment is within the company, touching customers and vendors, and is related to outcomes to be produced that don’t exist yet.  Requires you to use the skills you have to complete the work that is assigned, or that you are aware needs to be done.
Requires you to use skills and capabilities that you don’t have to deliver the project. This requires you to motivate and organize resources in order to get the work done. The skills that you use are limited to your own. Sometimes you may benefit from the skills of others because of delegation or work-sharing.
The success of the project will occur if all parties work together in the right way.  Success and accountability are clearly defined for the person completing the work.

It is important to invest in people. As a non-profit, you must have employees who can complete their task lists. At the same time, don’t avoid the people who can manage the resources available to motivate a team of people towards a significant outcome. Don’t avoid project management. Take all of the advantages that you can.