Challenges of the project manager profession

Projects are anything but routine. It can not be without obstacles, which, however, subsequently become a scientific lesson (for you, for the project, the organization), and this brings personal satisfaction.

I can say that almost every new day, there is a new challenge, depending on what stage of the project is (initiation, planning, execution, control, or completion), depending on the speed and complexity of the tasks and deadlines.

The challenge is to lead and motivate a team of people to whom you are not a direct manager; it is important to be a good leader. Sometimes you have to manage difficult characters or experts who prefer to work on their own rather than in a team or basically reactive people.

Today, the changing reality of projects, such as working in a virtual team, can also be considered a challenge. Very rarely, team members and the manager are in the same physical location – the same office building or even the same country. We even happen to finish a project without ever seeing each other. Such a way of working may be an advantage because of cost reductions, but it is also much more challenging to build trust, respect, and team spirit on a global scale. Sometimes technology can also be a challenge. For example, if due to a technical problem, the job cannot be submitted on time, or a re-meeting with the client is required.

The satisfaction of being a project manager

The project management profession is not easy. Overcoming complex situations and the lessons learned are extremely satisfying at the end of the workday. The end product/service/business result and positive customer feedback are motivating. Continuous meetings and contacts with different people (client, management, experts, suppliers, other implementing organizations), communication with managers at all levels in the hierarchy of the organization, and building correct and constructive relationships are also extremely energizing for me.

It is also a great pleasure to build a successful team for every project – from the involvement of experts who often work on several projects in parallel, through dealing with the peculiarities of character and bringing people together.

The salary of the project manager

The role and responsibilities of the project manager can vary from organization to organization, directly affecting pay. Also relevant are the skills and experience required for a given position in a particular industry and how large complex projects are envisaged at the appropriate level. Given the dynamics of the profession, it can be said that the pay is in the range above the average and high in the IT sector.

My career plans as a project manager

Definitely, the project work is something that still attracts and satisfies me. Every next step in my career would be related to projects – projects in other fields or program management, ie, a set of related projects.

My sources of information

The sources of information about the profession are different depending on what stage of your development as a project manager you are.

Before certification, various project management courses were essential preparation in addition to my practical experience. The Internet has a wealth of materials, books, and events that are organized continuously, including by the local branch of the PMI Chapter professional organization of project managers. Living in touch with colleagues is irreplaceable, and we are all open to sharing knowledge and even mentoring.

Professional information can also be found from the various training centers that offer one-week certification training. You could take such a course, even without the ultimate goal of certification. Getting acquainted with the subject matter and the opportunities for new contacts with the participants and lecturers are extremely valuable for professional development.

To maintain your certification and career advancement, I would recommend:

Global congresses and professional development events offered by the Professional Project Management Organization (PMI) that enable online and direct networking, as well as resources on the organization’s website;

The BVOP Ultimate Guide of BVOP.org

ProjectManagement.com – with access to an unlimited number of articles, tools and webinars and even one-day virtual conferences like PMXPO;

LinkedIn social networks and professional forums, such as the Project Manager Community – Best Group for Project Management. Anyone can sign up for their profile and share, ask questions, and be informed about the challenges facing project managers around the world and the potential solutions implemented.

Project management required skills

  • proper communication to all stakeholders in the project (Stakeholder Engagement and Management)
  • leadership and motivation
  • problem-solving skills and reaching comprehensive solutions to the specific problem
  • negotiation skills
  • business skills

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