If you’ve ever had to staff a project with a Project Manager, you’ve probably run into the same problem that seems to plague the industry. How do you know what you’re really getting when you hire someone? Almost all Project Managers these days are either certified by PMP, Prince or are a Certified Scrum Master. Some may have certificates from a college or university, and some some have Master’s Degrees in Project Management. Yet, there is a huge performance gap in project managers. How can we close this gap?
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I’m the middle of teaching a project management class and we just finished up a section on Stakeholder Management. The discussion was lively, the group insightful, and as is often the case when I teach, I learned a few things myself. What I found interesting was the passion this particular group of students had about managing stakeholders. Most of the students are experienced project managers and they had a lot of insight into this vital but often overlooked area of project management. The two questions that got the discussion going were:
- Would you consider yourself (as a project manager) successful if you met the requirements, the timeline and the budget… but your customers were not satisfied with the product?
- Would you consider yourself successful if your project was delivered later than originally planned, over the original budget, but your stakeholders were happy?
Of course there are many situations that would influence your answer. But in general, and the class agreed, managing stakeholder and customer expectations were the keys to measuring project success.
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I often wonder why some people make it big and others not so much. A friend went to see the Rat Pack Tribute recently that highlighted singers that resembled Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. The singers were pretty good. But… why did the originals rise to stardom and these others just become good impersonators?
When I go to San Francisco and walk down the wharf, I always see talented musicians playing on the sidewalk for money. Many are often broke. What happened to them? Why aren’t they using their talents making a lot of money, or at least sharing their gifts to make a living? Instead, they live a life of poverty, hoping someone will come by and throw a buck in their guitar case. How about project managers? Why do some rise to stardom as a project rockstar, and others languish in mediocrity? Want to be a project rockstar? You can if you’re willing to follow some simple advice.
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