As a new project manager it can be difficult to understand what your role is. After all everyone you ask seems to have a different opinion. How can you deliver a project if you do not know what is expected of you.
‘My sponsor is so busy he never seems to have time to spend on the project and they are always in meetings.’
Sound familiar? Then when you finally do meet with them they always seem to ask for something slightly different. This just leads to frustrating delays and impacts on the project. Do you often think that your project is so big and complex that you will never deliver it? Sometimes when starting out people give you the role of both project manager and business analyst. If you do not have a business analyst someone is expecting you to take on that role too. But what does a business analyst do?
The good news is as I have found out, there is a way of getting an owner engaged in the project so decisions are made promptly. It also does not matter how big or complex your project is there is a way of breaking it down to make easier to manage and deliver.
For over 12 years after getting my degree in Project Management I have been successfully delivering projects. I have gone from being a novice and trying to figure things out on my own to delivering huge complex projects which have included new cancer drugs through to complex software developments. I am now confident that I can deliver any project that I am given regardless of it’s size or complexity. This confidence has resulted in my salary continuing to grow even when the economy has been struggling.