Can the Real Project Manager Please Stand Up?

One very serious problem plaguing the project management Industry is the lack of “effective" Project Managers. 2 min


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One very serious problem plaguing the project management  Industry is the lack of “effective” Project Managers.

Project manager, author, and speaker Peter Taylor is famous for the “work smarter, not harder” philosophy he advocates in The Lazy Project Manager.

Most Project Managers play the role of postman. They forward email communication from stakeholders to the project team and after getting the responses from the team forward the emails back to stakeholders.

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The project management industry is changing fast. Traditional  project management is  essentially about trained project managers gaining control. This model is inferior to using collaboration tools that live in the cloud. Enabling people on the front line to make decisions and to take responsibility is much more effectual,  engaging and also produces less  errors. When your project team are using the correct tools, this  allows project managers to stop worrying about controlling projects and start focusing on optimising projects.

The Key to Successful Leadership Today Is Influence Not Authority
~ Kenneth Blanchard

The exciting thing about Cloud-based planning software is it allows organisations the ability to run  multiple projects at the same time. Another benefit of Cloud-based software is that it provides a way for organisations to communicate with each other and for natural business experts to participate equally providing a place for orders of magnitude and more ideas to live and breed.

There was a time where the concept of Six Sigma a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects  was all the rage. People would attempt to become a Six Sigma black belt. Presently with highly collaborative and transparent tools for managing projects and other work, you don’t necesirily need to take courses to prove that.

Real-time  collaborative project management tools are increasing  transparency,  streamlining communication,  empowering teams and helping to drive results.  This transparency helps get everyone’s interests around the delivery of organisations goals.

We’ve  learnt from formal project management that you need to have a plan. It’s good to express ideas up front; it’s important to understand the requirements and that objectives are clear and concise;  it’s paramount to identify risks; it’s good to communicate. However, the most effective managers are the ones that take  the good parts of traditional project management (communication, risk evaluation) and threw away the bad parts (single point estimates, infrequent updates  and  rigid control). Cloud-based planning software enables organisations the ability to  capture and reflect the reality of projects so they can be managed with ease.

How many times do you find yourself sitting in meetings for the better part of your work day only to find you made very little progress on pending projects? Face to face meetings certainly have their value but what if your team is spread between towns, cities,  and countries? How can you efficiently  communicate and execute actions? Learning to harness the power of collaboration software for project management can open up a simpler, less costly way to manage your projects.

90% of Project Success Is about Execution, Not Planning

A Root Cause of Failure in Execution is Simply that it is not Taken Seriously Enough.  Cloud-based technology means that  organisations of varying sizes  can create large-scale, living project environments that are continuously updated and always reflect the latest  snapshoot  of what the team has (or hasn’t) accomplished.

Are you ready to call yourself a Project Manager now? Tell us what you think in Comments.


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  1. Well, I think the author certainly has a point there, arguing that cloud-based project management software has some advantages over classic on-premise software.
    In my company we are using Jira Agile to organise our project. I like the idea of a self-organizing team that logs work, controls estimates and handles their work packages autonomously. BUT- I often feel that they still use the system to manipulate themselves. People remain people and if they feel there is something wrong and you dont have a culture in which delay and mistakes are okay, they will use this self-organizing system against you and you will use track of what’s really happening. So I think it is good to engage them, but you still need an on-premise plan that you can control.
    Any other opinions that? Sadly the article does not give advice on software or special routines, so I found it a little too generic and less helpful for day-to-day-practise.

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