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Posted by Mary Gerush on January 6, 2010
I was catching up on my reading over the holidays and came across an intriguing article in my December issue of PM Network magazine. It began like this:
"As their role changes, project managers must acquire new skills - or risk being left behind. It's a whole new world out there for project managers..."
Hallelujah, I shouted! Having recently published research on the skills and capabilities of the next-generation project manager, I couldn't agree more. Changes to software delivery necessitate a reinvention of the project manager role. In the world of app dev, we're seeing that:
These changes are staring us project managers in the face and double-dog-daring us to fundamentally alter the way that we manage projects and interact with our teams. We don't have to dispose of the good practices that we've learned over the years - like schedule, cost, scope, and risk management. But we have to apply them differently and with a new attitude focused on flexibility and team-enablement.
So, here we are at the start of a new year. What better time to resolve to change the way that you manage projects? From one very traditional and somewhat rigorous project manager to another, I challenge you this year to:
My family and good friends have a new year's eve tradition that we call the "ceremonial bowl burning." We light a fire outside in the firepit, we write down things we want to let go of on tiny strips of paper, and we throw them in. It's a new year and a new world for project managers. If you were on my patio letting go of old project management practices, what would you throw in? Let us know!
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