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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Project is a verb in Project Management

Project Management is one profession that has grown from practice. While education and some experience was the only prerequisites for one to be considered a project manager, the surge of accidental project managers have made really led to the loss of the fundamental skills and competencies of a project manager. The project management role is a conduit to projecting a voice backed with action managing and leading change using projects as a vehicle in managing all areas of project management.

Therefore, I view “Project” as a verb and not as a noun. This is one way to make project managers move much beyond cookie cutter project management. Each character of Project therefore is defining the competencies expected in a project manager.

  • P - Passion about people. Project management is all about people management. This is where the transformational leadership elements of a project manager is displayed.
  • R – Resourceful around Risk management. Seeing proactively the risks and managing them by maximizing opportunities and minimizing threats  
  • O - Organized around self to manage all aspects of the project. As the saying goes, if you can’t manage yourself, you can’t manage the people that do not work you in the project.
  • J - Justified in constant review of resource utilization including both the human and non-human resources keeping in mind the total cost of ownership on the project managing scope and quality
  • E - Effective in leading change seeing it as a vehicle to improve scalability and as a liaison to other business units within the performing and client organization
  • C - Collaborative in bringing ideas together letting the individuals become groups and then evolve as teams to support each other
  • T  - Trust worthy to transform people’s career. This completes the cycle of project where one’s passion for people makes them a servant leader.


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    1. Thank you very much for your comments, Morgan. Very much appreciate it. I delivered a keynote once using this article and it was well received.

  2. I really loved reading your thoughts, obviously you know what are you talking about! Your site is so easy to use too, I’ve bookmark it in my folder.
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    1. Very much happy to know that you loved these thoughts and the site is easy to use. In the Project Management conference organized by Northeastern University, I delivered a keynote using these thoughts focusing on how project managers should be action oriented. It was very well received.

  3. Sriram,

    I really appreciate you putting this together. You managed to touch upon almost all competencies that would be part of a project manager's job. I would not change anything about your approach here, but allow me to add my own perspective...

    You mentioned that a Project Manager should be passionate about people, collaborative, and trustworthy, and I could not agree more. If I was working on a project team in which the PM had these qualities I would have some added confidence in the project being a success. Above all else, I think having a high level of trust in your PM (or any superior in business) makes it a whole lot easier to do your absolute best for them.


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