Top ten signs you might not be a project manager

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

  1. Believe that management is only about numbers — how much, how many, how quickly and at what cost per item
  2. Believe that management is management, whether it is running a baseball team or developing software
  3. Think that PMBOK may be a type of bird
  4. Do not notice that no one actually reports to them
  5. Are kept away from customers and client meetings
  6. Think “risk” is a board game
  7. Consider product requirements to be large documents primarily useful as a paperweight
  8. 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
  9. Never work nights, weekends or carry home a full briefcase
  10. 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.

Reflections on Fear No Project PM Blog

I have been writing the Fear No Project blog for three years now — over 150 posts. When I began, I was not sure that I had all that much to say or that I would have the time to create the kind of blog I could be proud of and others would find useful. Now I can truthfully say that I enjoy the process, the interaction of comments and the result.

I know that a significant contributor to my good feelings about the blog is the comments, shared information and suggestions from readers. I sincerely appreciate the time many of you have taken to add your knowledge to this community of practice. In 2011, we achieved a milestone of having 100,000 page views — I am humbled.

Here are some stats from blog:

Page Views

FearNoProject Page Views

Page views increased monthly – that sure was reinforcing!

Top Posts

The 5 favorite Fear No Project posts based on number of page views were:

Project Management: Keys to managing a virtual or remote project team

What’s in a name—job title inflation hits project management

Project Management Buzzwords and Clichés

Surviving a new boss: 10 Guidelines for briefing your new boss

Project Management Ethics and Rules of Conduct


The blog received over 300 comments. The most commented on posts were:

Collaboration Tools for Virtual Project Teams

My favorite project management links and websites

Do you need a PMO (Project Management Office)?


The project management news in 2011 included much discussion about moving applications, communication and data to the cloud. Small and large organizations increased their interest in software development approaches that would allow more customer focused applications and faster turnaround from concept to development. There was also continuous discussion in the media and on the web about the impact of social media and mobile devices. Fear No Project talked about all of these in addition to posts on content, risk and resource management. We talked about project manager career planning, professionalism and continuous learning. And of course, there were many posts on the minutiae of managing people and projects effectively.


What to expect from Fear No Project in 2012

Don’t ask me!  I don’t know. Inspiration for post topics happens from listening to employees, talking with clients and colleagues, reading, even eavesdropping at the airport. Clients ask questions or a stranger will make an observation that may provoke a post. Additionally, the comments and questions that readers pose get me to thinking. So, if you have an area of project or general management that you think our community would find interesting, provocative or educational, do not hesitate to make a comment and tell me.

I would like to take a moment and thank two key people for their support, edits and thoughts on the Blog – Karen McGraw and Barbara Brown!

Meanwhile, I hope you and yours have a safe, happy and productive 2012!

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