Cloud Computing, Bring Your Own Device, Social Media, Big Data.
With all the new and changing technologies we must learn about and manage on our projects, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
The key it to protect our confidence in our project management skills and not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the new and unfamiliar. Our teams are looking to us to lead even during our incompetence.
Let’s remember that trends and technologies come and go but one fundamental thing remains the same.
Regardless of how complex the technologies we have to deal with,we should never lose sight of the most important technology that we project managers must continue to master: the human brain.
We need to continue to learn about what rewards it, what threatens it, and how it responds to each. We need to become students of its architecture, functionality, and even its limitations(known defects). We need to learn about its scalability, availability, and fault tolerance. Because the human brain is the most exquisite technology that powers project success.
Never get distracted or overwhelmed by the new, shiny, and wireless. Focus on mastering what motivates, engages, and drives people to give their discretionary effort and everything else will fall into place.
So here is how to be a happy project manager: when you feel overwhelmed with new technology, relax, have some fun and decide to revel in your incompetence.
Keep your eye on the ball and remember that when it comes to your success as a project manager: People are the technology.
How do you make sure you protect your confidence even during your incompetence? I would love to hear your experience. Make sure to leave a comment.
If you like this post, read the series here How to be a happy project manager.