I recently hosted a lean coffee during which project management roles and responsibilities were discussed. The discussion helped me realize that this title held many different meanings for people.
The first line of Wikipedia’s entry on project management reads: “Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, managing, leading, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. ”
The words in that description are quire provocative to me, but I’d rather hear what others believe.
I am keen to get some more understanding around this prevalent role. This blog post, more-so than others, is an explicit invitation to engage in a dialogue in the comments.
The questions I’d like to use to seed this discussion are:
What does a project manager do?
What problems would you hope to solve by hiring a project manager?
What’s the difference between a project manager and a program manager?
What are the most important traits of a good project manager?
How does a PMP certification make a project manager better?
Okay, so I’ll gladly add to this blog post and maybe even take what we learn from the comments in what I hope will be an educational, lively yet respectful discussion, and aggregate a subsequent post.
I’ll also add that I recognize there are not “best practices” I don’t believe there is a correct answer to be learned. What I hope is for us to learn from people in various contexts what the answers to these questions are for them.