Project Management

4 Reasons Why We Become Project Managers

What is it about project management that draws people into its seductive world? In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud elaborates on the four factors that inspired him to fully embrace this appealing life. Do any of these apply to you?

Factors that Inspire Project Managers

  1. Projects allow for creation.
  2. The “people factor”
  3. Projects show visible results.
  4. Projects build character.

Sometimes it is not about the destination; it is about the journey. Simply, undertaking a creative project can help to build cognitive and visualization skills that can immensely help on future projects. Like model building, projects have all these separate parts that a project manager needs to manipulate in the proper way to yield a positive result. It is not always an easy road, void of complexity, but success can be achieved.

The team’s collective work is more predictive of a project’s success than any individual contributions. A project manager’s most powerful tool is the ability to form and guide a team. They need to possess great communication skills both verbally and written. This is also one of the most rewarding aspects because one can watch their team grow and mature professionally.

Often, people working on a project do not get to see their efforts come to fruition, but a project manager gets to see their project all the way through. It is not only the successful installation of a process, but how that benefit can be seen. A perfect example of this is working on a project for the health and betterment of workers; one day, the work done may save a life.

The constant uncertainty facing a project manager can cause them to doubt their role, but it builds character. Having to consistently work through problems equips a manager with the necessary skills to face anything thrown their way. Project managers are chameleons, constantly adapting to their new environments.

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