Technology and globalization are driving a need for improved collaboration and project management across teams, but what about those individuals who must keep track of project status, timelines, and documents and ensure projects are seen through to completion? How is the typical accidental project manager dealing with the “get more done with less” concept? And who’s really affected?
The truth is, everyone is a project manager these days, so it affects a good majority of team members.
In fact, an Appleseed Partners survey of 200 people based in North America who manage or participate in projects found that 2 out of 3 participants may not be project management certified. Of those, 30 percent were “accidental project managers,” managing projects even though it was not in their primary role. Another 62 percent were uncertified, but lead or participated in projects.
Collaboration is king – no matter how many complex projects, the majority of us need technology that will help support our project management efforts to get work done.
The bottom-line: staying focused on key priorities will always be risky for the accidental project manager, especially when juggling multiple projects and large assignments. Further complicating this issue is a lack of workload visibility and confusing cross-functional team collaboration.
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