Walking into a lion’s den.
That’s what it feels like sometimes, if you’re a solo consultant, managing and implementing a small project on your own.
When you’re part of a project team in a Consulting Partner, you have the luxury of a Project Manager to deal with ‘sticky’ conversations like scope, budget and timeline.
These are hot button topics with customers that no one likes to have.
“Please can you just build that thing for me that syncs the field across from the Opportunity line item to Sales Order?”
Uhh – no, not without extra cost.
“I am sure you can just do it, how hard can it be? It won’t take long right?”
Um, that’s going to take an extra few days, and you’ll need a developer for that, and that’s not me.
“But that’s what your sales team told me you’d be doing!!”
That’s the PM’s job – to deal with the politics and the sticky conversations around budget, scope and timeline.
If you’re going to be the whole project team, then you’re going to have to learn some skills around managing people, expectations and boundaries.
Otherwise, you’re going to feel very exposed – very much like a bum flapping in the wind.
And that’s as fun as wrestling porcupine babies. 😫
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