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How to Become a Sensible Project Manager

What’s the difference between a project manager and a Sensible Project Manager? According to Mark Phillipy, sensible is the most important thing a PM can be. But what does that really mean? Phillipy defines being sensible as four different things:

  1.        Project Vision: Good project vision means being able to figure out if you are running a 100 yard dash or a marathon. Look at the big picture, and then find your end goal. The length of the race will affect how you prepare for the run.
  2.        Teamwork: Once you have spotted the end goal, help your team to see it to. If you can inspire a passion in those that surround you, it will be much more effective than simply assigning individual tasks.
  3.       Effective Efficiency: Sensible project managers not only use their time wisely, but use their teammates’ time wisely as well.
  4.        Deliver Value: This doesn't just mean overall cost and quality, but should also include delivering on schedule and within the scope of the original budget.

With these four goals in mind, you will be ready to transform from an average team leader to a Sensible Project Manager.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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