“All my project manager does is schedules meetings, takes minutes and hounds me for update on my task. Nothing else!”
That’s the job of a project admin.
Or a few apps to automate some tasks.
My experience drills into me that a Project Manager is so much more.
I am the architect of the project, and I lay the foundations for building a system that will provide the benefits that the customer seeks.
I manage the contract, to make sure we deliver what we say we will.
I identify potential risks to the project, and manage them closely so they don’t explode later on.
I make sure my team have everything they need to do their job.
I protect them from the politics, the emotional encounters, the sometimes messy business of managing conflict.
I manage the scope, and remind others of the close relationship between quality, scope, resources and cost (The Iron Triangle).
PRINCEII, Scrum, Agile – these certifications are theoretical, and so very very dry. It doesn’t tell you if that person, who has all these certifications, is able to manage a project successfully.
I believe true Project Management is more than just frameworks, or jargon, or trends.
It’s about People.