You Can Be a PM Too!

What experience do you have in project management and project planning?


I have a decent amount of experience with project management.  My undergraduate degree is partly in project management.  I have managed projects at both library jobs I have held and I am currently working on a large project where I manage smaller sections of it.


How does a project management plan such as this transfer to other library work — could you implement something like this for a website redesign, a renovation, or a grant application?


In my opinion project management sounds scarier than it actually is.  People/companies start assigning titles such as “Project Lead” to people on projects which may cause undue stress on the person in charge.  Project management is no different than other management and if you can do that you can do project management (and some people can’t manage and that’s ok).  Again in my opinion it all boils down to organization.  You are successful with a project based on how when you are organized, how well you define goals/milestones, and how you can have your team complete those milestones.  You may not have to be an expert on website redesign, renovation, or grant application, but you have to be good at organizing and delegating people who are good at those things to do them.  If you are good at organizing and delegating, I think most people know they are.  That’s why I say anyone who organizes well can be a project manager no matter what the project is. Though a little contextual knowledge doesn’t hurt.


3 responses to “You Can Be a PM Too!

  1. Agree. In many organizations, PMs are not required to possess technical abilities except some domain knowledge. I think people skill is also important.

    • Some of these soft skills – such as the people skills hsikai mentioned – are often _much_ more important, in the long run, in leading a successful project. A PM or project lead must know how to pull together the right team members, many of whom have specialized knowledge and skills, and then get them working together toward the goals of the project. This often requires a lot of diplomacy!

  2. I really think project management is something that every position should bring in a little bit to be successful. I’d even argue that the diplomacy that Sarah mentions is more important than the technologic knowledge — the important part is to see what needs to be done, find the right people, and get them to execute. Tech skills can be learned; diplomacy cannot. Thank you for the thoughtful post!

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