Project Management is a Social Services Career
Are you looking for a career that makes the world a better place? Well, few people are trying to make the world a worse place. Some of the benefits people have claimed during our project management training:
Project management reduces my stress.
Project management will give people a better understanding of how their piece fits into the big picture.
I think we could all work fewer hours, get home to our families, and still make stuff people want on time.
And that doesn't count the work that actual social services firms do. Check out www.PM4NGOS.org. There are a lot of human lives being saved because projects are being better managed.
Unofficial Project Managers Need to Make Progress Clear
Mark Mullaly posted his thoughts on www.ProjectManagement.com, recently, concerned about people working on creative activities - including problem solving - where it's difficult to measure progress.
According to Mark, "Asked how we are doing, we might say, “It’s coming along.” Or “I’m making good progress.” Or “A few hiccups, but nothing major.” Occasionally, you might here a “I’m having issues, but it’s nothing that I can’t sort out and get addressed.” When you get down to it, these noncommittal updates are the status equivalent of meaningless cocktail-party chatter. It’s uttering words, while saying absolutely nothing."
This is clearly a problem for someone who has milestones to meet and has a VP looking over their shoulder.
When an HR team came to Versatile's office recently to attend Microsoft Project training in Seattle, we spent time working on their Work Breakdown Structures, because the way we structure our tasks is the foundation of effective project management. Every task can have tangible outcomes, even creative ones.
If your project management class doesn't teach you how to make your tasks tangible, you are attending the wrong project management training.
Who Will Be Managing Projects in Ten Years?
One reason for the increase in demand for project management training for non-project managers is that we live in a world of projects. Or a Whirled of projects!
Right now we have some full-time project managers and a lot of unofficial project managers. What does the future hold?
www.ProjectManagement.com has many webinars and blogs, and currently has a discussion of this very question.
"How do view the role of a project manager changing in the next ten years?"