You Need A Project Manager

Is your organization doing projects? Do they matter? Is it expected that the project results will contribute to the strategic goals of the organization? I hope so.

Are you a project manager?

If you are not a project manager, you need to get one for your project. You can either outsource, or you can find an internal project manager.

Why do you need a project manager?

  • To keep you on track with the work that matters.
  • To make sure that all the right people are talking to each other.
  • To make sure that you have defined the right solution.
  • To encourage you when you feel that things are impossible.
  • To talk to vendors (or your coworkers) who don’t seem to be on board with what you are trying to accomplish.
  • To hold you accountable when you don’t seem to be on board with what you are trying to accomplish. (No one likes the feeling of this one, but everyone wants the result: which is being part of something that changes the world.)
  • To help you talk to executives about the help that you need.
  • To keep track of your budget and your spending.
  • To tell you about times when similar projects failed.
  • To help you come up with innovative ways to execute your project so that it doesn’t fail.
  • To help you figure out what risks are worth taking.
  • To tell you when to stop working because it is good enough.

Do you do projects? Do you have an area of expertise that you are contributing to the project?

I suspect that the world will be better, and you will be more engaged if you spend your time doing the work that makes your heart sing. You could spend time on managing the project, but you are better off letting someone else take care of removing the barriers to doing good work. So that you can do the work where you are strongest.

You need a project manager.