Congratulations! You finally received that much-coveted title of Project Manager — a position you really wanted and dutifully placed on your career planning job appraisal every year. Well I may have a surprise for you. Not everyone who is titled a project manager is a project manager, just as there are professionals acting as project managers without the title.
How could this happen?
Reasons for the disconnect vary with Individuals and organizations. In the later instance, you may have a qualified developer who does not want to be a project manager because he or she is on a technical tract and fears being pigeon holed into management and kept away from technical growth and interesting problems. However, they are willing to do typical project management tasks when asked.
In the first group though are individuals with the title project manager but unfortunately
- Believe that management is only about numbers — how much, how many, how quickly and at what cost per item
- Believe that management is management, whether it is running a baseball team or developing software
- Think that PMBOK may be a type of bird
- Do not notice that no one actually reports to them
- Are kept away from customers and client meetings
- Think “risk” is a board game
- Consider product requirements to be large documents primarily useful as a paperweight
- Prefer spending time in a large, windowed office sitting behind a clean desk with a tasteful credenza that is covered with sports trophies from high school
- Never work nights, weekends or carry home a full briefcase
- Believe that Dilbert is a fairytale about a whiny employee and the Pointed Haired Boss is tragically misunderstood
If you find yourself agreeing with any of these top ten, perhaps it is time for a career change — I am sure you would do well as a car salesman.