Why and when to hire a freelance Project Manager?
The Project Manager Role is one that transcends Industries / Verticals and is a welcome addition to any. Whether a telecommunication company, a petrochemical, IT, construction etc… work will always have a business as usual (BAU) aspect and a project (new initiatives) one.
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The Expert in Project Management is the one that will take lead of that project and balance his work on the thin line between technical (the specific knowledge repositories and “hard” details of the company’s focus) and strategy, direction, planning and striving ahead in an area where the company didn’t have any (or very little) expertise before the said project.
A Project Manager will never have more “factual” or technical knowledge than the local experts but will be able to bring together to the “table” all the stakeholders that are/should be involved in the new project, ensuring that everyone understands the end deliverable and what their role is in reaching that deliverable. The Project Manager will ensure that a standard “language” is spoken across the Project Team, he will identify the clear scope of the project, split the timeline into smaller deliverables and assign responsibilities and tasks within the team.
A Project Manager is the professional that can easily walk the fine line between technical work and strategy, between numbers and people, and that can act as a translator for each of the specialized stakeholders, while ensuring that the clear scope and deliverables are understood and fulfilled within the very strict deadline
A Project Manager is a person who is responsible for making decisions, both large and small. The project manager should make sure they control risk and minimise uncertainty. Every decision the project manager makes must directly benefit their project.
In short, the Project Manager will manage the project from beginning to end, as if managing a “start-up”, ensuring that the right people, resources and expectations are part of the project. At the end of the project, the new initiative will become part of the BAU and therefore fall outside of the scope of the Project Manager, which will ensure a smooth “transition” of the “former” project within the organization, including identifying the owner / responsible and all the stakeholders, as well as mapping the required processes.
If we look at a new project as an “internal start-up” the PM will be the interim CEO of the start-up.
The project manager must have a combination of skills including an ability to ask penetrating questions, detect unstated assumptions and resolve conflicts, as well as more general management skills.
The need to hire / use a focused PM does not seem so clear in the beginning, but once we understand that an individual that can combine the technical skills required for the specific project with the People Skills that are mandatory in steering a cross-functional team towards a new scope, a new deliverable, is randomly present in an organization, the need is obvious and necessary, as more and more companies undertake Project based changes inside their own organizations.
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