“Is Project Management for Everyone?” was the topic for the 15th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project manager topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout. These hangouts are held each Friday at 9:00am pacific time.
During the hangout we discussed what type of people can be project managers and which types should not be PM’s. Hala Saleh once again joined me on the hangout and did double duty as she also lead the #PMChat discussion. Thanks Hala for sharing your thoughts and your ability to multitask.
How we became PM’s
We began by discussing how we became project managers. Hala asked #PMChat how they became PM’s accidentally, via promotion, etc. Based on our unscientific survey, most PM’s became PM’s in an accidental way, meaning they did not initially seek out project management as a career. Most found out that through their personalities and skills, project management seamed to fit them, and became project managers.
What makes a good project manager?
Next we discussed what it takes to be a good project manager.
- What kind of skills are required for project managers?
- people skills
- What kind of character traits are tyupical for project managers?
- process oriented
- able to handle pressure
Who should not become project managers?
Next we discussed who should not become project managers. The main issue here is that sometimes people get promoted into project management but they really do not have the skills to be a good project manager. Just because they are good engineers, does not mean they will be a good PM? Also, personality and skills come into the equation.
What can I do to become a PM?
Finally, we talked about what someone can do to become a PM if that is their goal.