Provocation: Managing What?

As a project manager, your job is to manage your project; right?

Well, sort of, I suppose.

There is one circumstance where that is nearly true, and we’ve all been there. You know… those projects where you are the project manager, the project team, and you have to make your own tea or coffee. A solo project.

Even then; you still have to manage yourself, your time, your energy, and your discipline.

But let’s say you’ve gone beyond solo projects. What should you be managing?

  • The scoping negotiations
  • The planning and programming
  • The budgeting and business case
  • The specification and change control
  • The pilot
  • Delivery
  • The risk register
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Testing and remediation
  • Handover and sign-off
  • Project review and closure

Do you see the picture yet? You cannot manage all that, no matter how good you are. It’s too much.

Your job, as a project manager, is to manage the people of the project.

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