A Project Manager’s Thanksgiving Thoughts

Are you like me?  I go to the store, watch TV, and read the paper – but all I am seeing is “Christmas themes.”  So, What happened to Thanksgiving?

I like the Thanksgiving holiday. It provides a chance to get together with people you care about without some of the stress that characterizes other holidays. On Thanksgiving, you share food prepared from your family’s traditional recipes and it all smells wonderful. Some of us even forget about limiting calories and saturated fats for this one meal.

In the spirit of this uniquely American celebration, I thought about some things project managers (and all information workers) might be thankful for like:

  • Having a job in this tough economy
  • A boss and organization that respect family time
  • Clients who understand you can have faster, cheaper or better — but not all three at once
  • The opportunity to work on projects that solve problems and help people
  • The fact that you actually liked math and science in school
  • Working indoors when the weather is bad (of course, you also have to work indoors when the weather is wonderful)
  • Having some pretty cool job tools ( I really enjoy having SharePoint, MS Project and my iPad)
  • You have colleagues you admire and respect
  • Getting to learn new things frequently ( Especially in our profession –that is one of the traits of a good worker)
  • Being able to work from home sometimes (I usually spend a third of my time working out of my home office – which is where I get 50% of my work done)
  • The support from loved ones for the times when you have to spend many hours at the office or on the road

So to all of you that are clients, colleagues, friends, virtual team members, fellow bloggers, project managers, friends and family – I say:

I would also like to thank my fellow bloggers for keeping me interested in the profession and on my toes:

Glen B. Alleman –       Herding Cats

Todd Boehm –            World Class Technology Discussions

Barbara Brown –         Alternating Currents

Brad Egeland –           Brad Egeland Blog

Elizabeth Harrin –       A girls Guide to Project Management

Next week, I will continue with Part 3 of the discussion on content management systems.

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