Not All Advice Is Good Advice
I found a post on the Best Advice I Never Got on the Project Management Tip’s website written by Brad Egeland which reminded me of the plethora of advice I’ve seen on other websites, but may not always be the best advice.
No Specific Experience – There are those who criticize if you are a green project manager, you can’t run IT projects if you don’t have techie experience. Here, I disagree. A project is a project is a project—including the charter, the scope, the goals, the meat and potatoes, and the outcome. If you’ve got the right team, you don’t have to be an expert on the project type. That’s why you manage teams with tons of experience.
Be Afraid of Budgets – Apparently if you don’t watch the project budget like a hawk it’s guaranteed to rise—real fast and way over budget. Why wouldn’t a manager monitor the budget? That was part of your training so yes, if you never look at project costs you could fall behind. But project expenses are part of PM in-depth training so most likely those new to PM will watch costs.
Forget About Scope Creep – Yes it is true scope creep runs at a fast pace. It is, however, possible to skip the advice some say, that you can’t handle scope creep alone. Even new project managers know what scope creep is and if you learn how manage it correctly; you can forget hiding in the break room waiting for someone else to take charge.
No Praise – Then there are those experts who warn you’ll never get the credit you deserve upon a project completion. I find this to be the opposite where managers take all the credit. Do reward and recognize your team, don’t take all the credit.
Not Your Project – Finally, there are those experienced in PM trying to burst your bubble before it even starts! They offer if you work on many projects at once, you’ll be forced to pass along projects to someone else before you have a chance to reach a good outcome. Unless you’re managing three or four projects at once, which probably won’t happen if you are a newbie, you’ll most likely stay on the project until the end.
It is possible to find your management identity very quickly once you get a handle on teams and use the tools you learned to be an effective project manager, even if you’re just a budding PM with no experience. Or, if you prefer, you can read those 8,250,000 million articles on the mistakes you’ll make and if you do, you’ll end up afraid—very afraid. Own it when it comes to your new job as a project manager! Your first step in the water of the world of project management may be a little scary, but it’s not so bad that you’ll fail unless you listen to all of those “expert opinions."