How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

 

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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 is 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.

 

Visit our partner ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.

 

 

12 Responses to How to be a happy project manager – Part 4
  1. […] How to be a happy project manager – Part 4 Tags: Leadership, Neuroscience of Leadership « Previous PostNext Post » 7 Responses to How to be a happy project manager […]

  2. […] Samad Aidane concludes his series on how to be a happy project manager. […]

  3. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 5:58 am

    Human brain is above all technologies and modern innovations as all these inventions are created by humans itself so we should always rely on human brain and its productivity.

    • samad_aidane
      February 5, 2014 | 6:19 am

      Indeed. And it is the most overlooked technology to try to understand how to get people to collaborate on making decisions and solving problems in teams.

  4. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 7:34 am

    You are absolutely right Mr.Samad that we need to configure the human brains and should not solely depends upon technological advancements. Good Post Sir.

  5. Atul
    February 15, 2014 | 7:05 am

    When you go to an interview, first they would screen you based on your technical skills, and then Project Management skills!!! that’s the trouble 🙁

  6. P Marc Schwartz
    February 17, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Can you help me? I am working on a doctoral dissertation titled “What Are the Factors of Failure in the Implementation of New Project Management Technology Utilizing Dashboards as a Tool to Measure Key Performance Indicators (KPI): A Qualitative Inquiry.”

    Specifically, I am seeking participants for my research project. The participants will log onto a secure cloud-based site. When a subject’s responses reach a level of 80% of the research requirements, a letter of implied consent will be available to be read, electronically signed, and securely stored. The intended sample size is 25 interview participants. This study is a generic qualitative research project (Creswell & Plano-Clark, 2011). The database will give weight to the size of the sample (Cohen, 1962).

    The units of analysis for this research will be open-ended interviews with individual project managers from extant project management companies of good reputation. The users for this research will have a minimum of six months experience in implementing new dashboard technologies in project management
    This project will begin after I have obtained approval or an exempt determination from Capella University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will review my study to ensure the adequacy of my plan for protecting participants. I will provide you with a copy of my IRB approval or exemption letter before beginning my research. My projected start date is July 2014, and I expect that this project will end in September 2014. These dates are subject to change, and I will notify you if there are any significant changes or delays.

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:17 am

      Marc, please include link where participants can find more information about your research study. Happy to help you. Thank you.

  7. Dennis Kiruai
    March 8, 2014 | 2:40 am

    Hello Samad! I like how you’ve zeroed in on hapiness in Project management by putting in the key ingredient in delivery of results. And that’s CONFIDENCE. Allow me chip in on Project management by sharing a rather complex yet slightly detailed aspect of Project Management. I call it >
    Project Management Tips 101 – The Ultimate Keys to Success in Project Management. https://www.careeraddict.com/6084/project-management-tips-101-the-ultimate-keys-to-success-in-project-management

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:15 am

      Thank you Dennis for your contribution. I appreciate it.

  8. Fiona Williams | Project Management Hub
    May 14, 2014 | 11:05 am

    “People are the technology” another great insight from you Marc. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by technology that we tend to prioritize it over people. There are times companies commit the mistake of investing more on technology, while neglecting it’s people in terms of benefits and salaries. I still believe that technology is useless without a quality people to run and make the best use of it. Yes, a successful will always have people as its technology.

  9. rateyourpm
    July 28, 2016 | 2:07 am

    A project manager is required to possess certain skills to reach the organizational goals and be efficient and effective at the same time. The major quality required for a project manager is leadership. Leaders can get the best out of people by setting an example of walking the talk. A leader has to be ambitious as it is one adjective that defines the others which are a part of the term, such as, hard work,
    https://www.rateyourpm.com

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This post is brought to you by ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.

 

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 is 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.

 

Visit our partner ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.

 

 

12 Responses to How to be a happy project manager – Part 4
  1. […] How to be a happy project manager – Part 4 Tags: Leadership, Neuroscience of Leadership « Previous PostNext Post » 7 Responses to How to be a happy project manager […]

  2. […] Samad Aidane concludes his series on how to be a happy project manager. […]

  3. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 5:58 am

    Human brain is above all technologies and modern innovations as all these inventions are created by humans itself so we should always rely on human brain and its productivity.

    • samad_aidane
      February 5, 2014 | 6:19 am

      Indeed. And it is the most overlooked technology to try to understand how to get people to collaborate on making decisions and solving problems in teams.

  4. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 7:34 am

    You are absolutely right Mr.Samad that we need to configure the human brains and should not solely depends upon technological advancements. Good Post Sir.

  5. Atul
    February 15, 2014 | 7:05 am

    When you go to an interview, first they would screen you based on your technical skills, and then Project Management skills!!! that’s the trouble 🙁

  6. P Marc Schwartz
    February 17, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Can you help me? I am working on a doctoral dissertation titled “What Are the Factors of Failure in the Implementation of New Project Management Technology Utilizing Dashboards as a Tool to Measure Key Performance Indicators (KPI): A Qualitative Inquiry.”

    Specifically, I am seeking participants for my research project. The participants will log onto a secure cloud-based site. When a subject’s responses reach a level of 80% of the research requirements, a letter of implied consent will be available to be read, electronically signed, and securely stored. The intended sample size is 25 interview participants. This study is a generic qualitative research project (Creswell & Plano-Clark, 2011). The database will give weight to the size of the sample (Cohen, 1962).

    The units of analysis for this research will be open-ended interviews with individual project managers from extant project management companies of good reputation. The users for this research will have a minimum of six months experience in implementing new dashboard technologies in project management
    This project will begin after I have obtained approval or an exempt determination from Capella University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will review my study to ensure the adequacy of my plan for protecting participants. I will provide you with a copy of my IRB approval or exemption letter before beginning my research. My projected start date is July 2014, and I expect that this project will end in September 2014. These dates are subject to change, and I will notify you if there are any significant changes or delays.

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:17 am

      Marc, please include link where participants can find more information about your research study. Happy to help you. Thank you.

  7. Dennis Kiruai
    March 8, 2014 | 2:40 am

    Hello Samad! I like how you’ve zeroed in on hapiness in Project management by putting in the key ingredient in delivery of results. And that’s CONFIDENCE. Allow me chip in on Project management by sharing a rather complex yet slightly detailed aspect of Project Management. I call it >
    Project Management Tips 101 – The Ultimate Keys to Success in Project Management. https://www.careeraddict.com/6084/project-management-tips-101-the-ultimate-keys-to-success-in-project-management

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:15 am

      Thank you Dennis for your contribution. I appreciate it.

  8. Fiona Williams | Project Management Hub
    May 14, 2014 | 11:05 am

    “People are the technology” another great insight from you Marc. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by technology that we tend to prioritize it over people. There are times companies commit the mistake of investing more on technology, while neglecting it’s people in terms of benefits and salaries. I still believe that technology is useless without a quality people to run and make the best use of it. Yes, a successful will always have people as its technology.

  9. rateyourpm
    July 28, 2016 | 2:07 am

    A project manager is required to possess certain skills to reach the organizational goals and be efficient and effective at the same time. The major quality required for a project manager is leadership. Leaders can get the best out of people by setting an example of walking the talk. A leader has to be ambitious as it is one adjective that defines the others which are a part of the term, such as, hard work,
    https://www.rateyourpm.com

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This post is brought to you by ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.

 

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 is 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.

 

Visit our partner ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.

 

 

12 Responses to How to be a happy project manager – Part 4
  1. […] How to be a happy project manager – Part 4 Tags: Leadership, Neuroscience of Leadership « Previous PostNext Post » 7 Responses to How to be a happy project manager […]

  2. […] Samad Aidane concludes his series on how to be a happy project manager. […]

  3. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 5:58 am

    Human brain is above all technologies and modern innovations as all these inventions are created by humans itself so we should always rely on human brain and its productivity.

    • samad_aidane
      February 5, 2014 | 6:19 am

      Indeed. And it is the most overlooked technology to try to understand how to get people to collaborate on making decisions and solving problems in teams.

  4. Project Management Skills
    February 5, 2014 | 7:34 am

    You are absolutely right Mr.Samad that we need to configure the human brains and should not solely depends upon technological advancements. Good Post Sir.

  5. Atul
    February 15, 2014 | 7:05 am

    When you go to an interview, first they would screen you based on your technical skills, and then Project Management skills!!! that’s the trouble 🙁

  6. P Marc Schwartz
    February 17, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Can you help me? I am working on a doctoral dissertation titled “What Are the Factors of Failure in the Implementation of New Project Management Technology Utilizing Dashboards as a Tool to Measure Key Performance Indicators (KPI): A Qualitative Inquiry.”

    Specifically, I am seeking participants for my research project. The participants will log onto a secure cloud-based site. When a subject’s responses reach a level of 80% of the research requirements, a letter of implied consent will be available to be read, electronically signed, and securely stored. The intended sample size is 25 interview participants. This study is a generic qualitative research project (Creswell & Plano-Clark, 2011). The database will give weight to the size of the sample (Cohen, 1962).

    The units of analysis for this research will be open-ended interviews with individual project managers from extant project management companies of good reputation. The users for this research will have a minimum of six months experience in implementing new dashboard technologies in project management
    This project will begin after I have obtained approval or an exempt determination from Capella University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will review my study to ensure the adequacy of my plan for protecting participants. I will provide you with a copy of my IRB approval or exemption letter before beginning my research. My projected start date is July 2014, and I expect that this project will end in September 2014. These dates are subject to change, and I will notify you if there are any significant changes or delays.

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:17 am

      Marc, please include link where participants can find more information about your research study. Happy to help you. Thank you.

  7. Dennis Kiruai
    March 8, 2014 | 2:40 am

    Hello Samad! I like how you’ve zeroed in on hapiness in Project management by putting in the key ingredient in delivery of results. And that’s CONFIDENCE. Allow me chip in on Project management by sharing a rather complex yet slightly detailed aspect of Project Management. I call it >
    Project Management Tips 101 – The Ultimate Keys to Success in Project Management. https://www.careeraddict.com/6084/project-management-tips-101-the-ultimate-keys-to-success-in-project-management

    • samad_aidane
      March 10, 2014 | 3:15 am

      Thank you Dennis for your contribution. I appreciate it.

  8. Fiona Williams | Project Management Hub
    May 14, 2014 | 11:05 am

    “People are the technology” another great insight from you Marc. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by technology that we tend to prioritize it over people. There are times companies commit the mistake of investing more on technology, while neglecting it’s people in terms of benefits and salaries. I still believe that technology is useless without a quality people to run and make the best use of it. Yes, a successful will always have people as its technology.

  9. rateyourpm
    July 28, 2016 | 2:07 am

    A project manager is required to possess certain skills to reach the organizational goals and be efficient and effective at the same time. The major quality required for a project manager is leadership. Leaders can get the best out of people by setting an example of walking the talk. A leader has to be ambitious as it is one adjective that defines the others which are a part of the term, such as, hard work,
    https://www.rateyourpm.com

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