So many PM articles focus on the nuts and bolts of project management practices. In this post, LeRoy Ward focuses on how to lead projects and project teams. I can’t agree with the need for authenticity enough (sin #5). As one of the commenters points out, being authentic is about being the genuine you. You don’t have to highlight your warts for everyone to see, but it’s OK to admit that you don’t know the answer while also demonstrating confidence in your ability to figure it out (hint: that doesn’t mean you have to do it by yourself…see sin #2).
LeRoy’s suggestion that you act as the CEO of your project (sin #1) has come into to sharper focus for me recently. I’ve worked on many projects where getting all the details right was more important than getting the project done. I’m not suggesting that buggy or half-baked software should go into your production environment, but PMs should be looking for ways to get working portions of software projects in the hands of the customers as early as possible. In the past few years, I’ve started evangelizing about how a system waiting to go to production provides no value to the organization.
Check out the article. It’s a good read.
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