The Target’s on the Project Manager

23 Jan

As a project manager, you often feel like you have a target on your back when something does not go well, you hit a roadblock, overlooked something or maybe your project results in failure.  Yes, these each are not fun memories to have and share with others, but most of these challenges you face provide you with a great learning opportunity.  Yes, is is difficult to foresee all challenges that you may encounter in a project, but one thing that you can control is how you handle, face, and resolve these challenges after they occur.

When you hit a roadblock or mistake or failure, I make time to fully understand what caused me to get to that state in a project to learn from it.  Below are the steps I follow to help me further investigate the issue:

  • Set up a meet with all of the stakeholders to fully understand the mistake or challenge
  • Lay down the foundation/guidelines of the meeting by saying we are not here to point fingers at everyone for an hour, but rather understand the issue
  • Walk through each step of the process to identify all trigger points that caused the issue
  • Document the issues, so you can learn from it
  • Discuss how to proceed, how to fix it, & move on
  • Take time to reflect upon the issue for yourself

I have faced several successes in life, but also my fair share of failures.  I would not be where I am or who I am today without these experiences that I have faced, learned from, and moved forward with.   We have all have our up days and down days, but the best thing we can all do is keep our head up, admit to our mistakes & apologize when needed, and simply never give up, but rather just keep learning & growing as a person!

What challenges or mistakes did you learn the most from?

The image I used in this post is a picture my dad had posted on his wall at work and is definitely one visual that comes to mind when life brings me challenges.  

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2 responses to “The Target’s on the Project Manager

  1. Vicki Bischoff

    January 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I’m so happy to find your blog! I’ve been a residential custom home design and construction project manager for close to 20 years. The 10 years before that I became a project manager, the hard way, replacing others who did worse than I did. We all know that saying, ” you can’t see the forest for the trees”. How true. Thank you so much for your clear and fresh perspective regarding the problems we all face when we wear the hat that says, ” Buck Stops Here”. And thank you even more for clearly delineating solutions that can be easily implemented. Although our business’s are different, the principles are very much the same. I look forward to reading more in the future and sharing your posts with others that can benefit.

  2. Lisa Drake

    February 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you Vicki for visiting my blog and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the post!


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