So, you wanna be the best project manager on the planet?
You wanna make a real difference for your team and client?
Then stop being a project manager - right now!
Let me tell you a little story about a simple proposal kickoff meeting I had this week...
We had the discipline leads on the phone.
We had a solid discussion of the technical challenges of the project.
We had a long back and forth about the scope and potential fee for the project...
Then - at the end of the hour long (too long in my humble opinion) death march to the proposal deadline - I got a chance to ask a single question...
"What one thing sets us apart from everyone else and gives the City the value they're really looking for?"
You see - there's a HUGE difference between being a project manager and a project LEADER!
A project manager is a tool in the system to deliver - on time / within spec results....
A project manager is a tool used to monitor and control pre-defined processes
A project manager is a tool that studied some sort of "by the book" PMP course and all of a sudden they believe their "all that and a bag of chips"...
But - a project leader is a LEADER that...
Casts a vision for the project
Decides upon the experience of the entire team to get to the goal
Finds some tool to monitor and control the process
Delivers value - a strong team & a set of core values that guide ALL the activities of the team.
So... what are you? A tool or a LEADER?
Today's a great day to do things different,
PS: More irreverence coming tomorrow.