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6 Project Management Myths to Easily Dispel

Businesses are developing a stronger idea of what project managers mean to them all the time. But there are always pockets of ignorance somewhere, and we should do what we can to get rid of them. In a post for Project Management Tips, Vartika Kashyap dismisses six lingering myths pertaining to project management.

Entering into Myth

  1. Project management is all about process: Once upon a time, maybe this one was true. But now, all competent managers understand that people come first and process comes second. After all, how much good is process to a team that has been poorly organized and does not even understand why the project is going on?
  2. “Plan B” is a waste of time: This is another way of saying that project managers believe, “Risk management is a waste of time because this plan is perfect.” Frankly, there probably is not enough attention paid to project risk management. But on the whole, project managers understand it is important to plot contingencies and to be ready to pivot.
  3. Project management is limited to paperwork: Project managers do need to regularly report on a lot of things for a lot of people, but that is just one aspect of the job. They are also, for instance, leading people under, above, and across from them in order to generate the results they need for their project.
  4. Project managers make decisions based on perceptions: Put another way, it is a perception that project managers “always follow their gut.” There is merit to following one’s gut when all options seem of similar value, but more often, competent project managers will act based upon what data is telling them. Especially as technology improves, deferring to data is becoming an ever-better strategy.
  5. Project manager orientation is irrelevant: Kashyap’s phrasing here is pretty awkward, but she is alluding to the notion of project manager versus project leader. The antiquated idea is that a manager only executes on what he or she is given, without thinking any further critically about the work. A leader will work to understand how a project fits into the strategic context of the organization and assist in ensuring strategic alignment of the project. These days, all project managers should strive to fit this “project leader” description, even if they just continue to call themselves project managers.
  6. PMP certification is a must: PMP certification is great, but the school of life teaches people myriad inimitable lessons too. A PMP is not a barrier to entry to becoming a great project manager.

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