Three Project Management Myths You Should Ignore
There is no one-way route in project management. The ideas and strategies you hold dear to your heart, might not mean a dime to someone else who is managing a project. This means that you should find a balance between what works and what the so-called experts had advised ‘us’ to follow.
Truly, it’s not an easy task to serve in multiple roles. When managing a project that requires extra thinking-through, you have to ditch myths and embrace practicable ideals. So without furhter ado, here are the 3 project management myths that keep people stuck and unproductive at the end of the day:
Failure means poor planning
“People don’t fail, but events do.” You have to avoid walking with this myth. Because it can drown your efforts and give you a nauseous feeling that you’re not qualified to manage another project. Failure doesn’t mean poor planning, at least not in every case. In fact, failure can be used as a yardstick for measuring effectiveness of any project.
One of the reasons why a project failed could be the result of not seeing the whole picture before embarking on it. If you’re not passionate or trained to manage a given project, save your precious time and say “NO.” Saying no can utterly reduce failure rate when managing projects. Rather than whining over a failed project, get up strong and move on.
The project manager is in charge
Yes I get it. Every project needs a manager to supervise, delegate and anchor the day-to-day activities. But guess what? A project manager doesn’t know it all. According to Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Groups, “being inquisitive is the secret of successful start-ups.”In other words, when you’re inquisitive about what your team has to say or do in a particular project, significant things would happen.
I believe that the role of the project manager is to “improve on something.” You should always improve an idea, a suggestion or tip given by someone else. If you want to successfully manage a project and come out satisfied, you have to eliminate ego, sentiments and embrace team work. Everyone’s idea counts.
Project management certification: a must
According to Richard Branson, “Perfection is unattainable.” Even if you become a certified project manager today, you’ll still need a helping hand or a team to work with you. I see a lot of companies falling into this trap. Of course, it’s a great decision when the staff or aspiring project managers steps out to be certified. But that doesn’t mean they’ll seamlessly manage every project and bring it to a success.
One of the key functions of certification programs is to equip you with required confidence, agility and wit to work with a team. But a project management certification will not do the job. I have seen a lot of projects that were managed by ordinary people/staff who are in sales and human resource departments.
That’s why you have to encourage participation - because an idea from a colleague can change your perception about a given project. And the moment the scale covering your eye has been removed, everything becomes possible. Way more!
There you have it. The 3 project management myths you should ignore if you want to master the terrain and successfully manage a project. It’s important to note that only 54% of organizations fully understand the value.” Projects can be small or large. But what matters is your perception, knowledge and how you interact with your team. Because managing a project is usually easier when people of like-minds come together, pulling their ideas together to achieve a feat.
What other project management myth would you like to ignore?
About the author
Michael Chibuzor is a small business writer. He founded http://queryletters.com to help you do BIG things in your business.