WILY: Even Project Managers Can Use a PM

As you hopefully already know, my podcast is scheduled to launch Wednesday.

Like any good project manager, I created a launch plan with a WBS and a schedule of all of the tasks that need completed prior to launch.

And like anyone trying to balance project work and production, I quickly fell behind.

That's the value of a good project manager: someone who is positioned above the weeds to make sure that risks are identified, obstacles cleared, and the trains are running on time.

Someone to say "Dave, don't schedule recording for Saturday night.  You have the Hall of Fame Parade in the morning, you lector at mass that afternoon, and have a dinner scheduled after that.  You're going to want to come home and crash.  Plus, the house isn't quiet on Saturdays."

For me, like almost every organization, the work needed to execute a project is additive.  It's not the project team's day job.  They're working it in around customers, meetings, and production.  Or, in my case, work, parenting, and volunteering.  The project manager helps them see and navigate the conflicts that wait around the bend.

Without a PM on an important project, your organization will likely find itself with days of podcast editing work to do in about one day, while maintaining their other responsibilities.

A project that is classified as yellow and at risk.  

A project that would probably be red if I were just the PM and not also the sponsor.