On my blog, I have talked about some of the difficult tasks a project manager must perform and some of the routine management tasks that help keep a project on track. I guess in my trying to tackle the serious issues of projects and management I may have come across too negative. However, project management can also be fun – not fun in the sense of skiing down a mountain or running through the sand, but enjoyable nonetheless.
- Celebrating success can be fun
- Growing your employees can be fun
- Building relationships with people you work with can be fun
- Creating solutions can be fun
- Getting and keeping others excited about your project can be fun
- Having a celebration after a very difficult system launch can be really fun
Knowing this, I was delighted to come across this excellent article by Brad Egeland from the July 13, 2009 PM Tips called: When Project Management is Fun
Brad offers some key insights into the aspects of Project Management that he considers fun – perhaps you will also. Brad observes that he is most productive when the work is fun. Fun for him involves the freedom to accomplish objectives, using cool technology and the opportunity for some hands-on. I think you will enjoy reading Brad’s entire list in “When Project Management is Fun”.
What are the characteristics of projects, teams, and organizations that make work enjoyable for you? Please Please, share some ideas so we all can become better at Having Fun!