If you are a project manager, your time is half the battle. Anyone who is in the field of project management and those who want to build their career in this field, must know project management is a highly complex and complicated job.
But only a few understand that this complexity is exactly what makes the work more fun. We define project management as a complicated job because of various named and unnamed factors at every single stage of a project. This is why a project manager needs to be versatile in nature. They also need to keep as many factors one can fathom in order to face challenges head on with realistic solutions.
A project manager needs to be an all-rounder; by this I mean they should not only be technically sound, but skilled with social and corporate dealings as well. When it comes to the daily activities of a project manager, project task scheduling and multi-tasking are the main headaches.
Yes, a headache. Mainly because these tasks consume a lot of your energy and time, yet they are considered important in project management. It goes without saying that every project must have a schedule in order to track progress.
A project manager is responsible for monitoring the progress, status updates and active coordination amongst all stakeholders and senior level management. This is an incredibly time consuming activity for managers, especially when their skills and expertise could instead be used for actual work on a project rather than for administrative tasks.
Multi-tasking becomes an unavoidable issue due to an overflowing plate of tasks. The best part about this headache though is how it impacts your work speed in a positive way, but on the other hand, it is the main cause of poor quality outcomes and delays.
Project estimation is another crucial activity that a project manager must perform. For anything and everything you plan to start with in real life (unless you borrow it) you cannot know for sure how much time you’ll take to use it in order to complete a certain task. Fortunately or unfortunately, project management doesn’t consider this fact at all.
You will have to provide an estimate to clients and stakeholders based on all the relevant and irrelevant information you have available at your end. One must not forget that a project manager is responsible for all this no matter how irrelevant the information they have may be.
There are solutions for all the challenges though.
Anyone who loves project management will absolutely love these challenges. Every field has a positive and negative side. A project manager believes in team building and all their activities can be performed very well, because at the end of the day, they are managers and should know how to manage their daily tasks.
Written by Moorat Gopichand