A project management consultant and consultant who is based in Virginia says it’s important to take responsibility for what you do.
“There are times when we’re really good at it, and then there are times where we’re just not,” says Jennifer Regan.
“But I think that when you are responsible for the quality of what you’re doing, then you have a chance to make sure you’re actually doing things right, and you’re making sure that people are getting value from the work that you’re providing.”
Regan, who is currently a project manager for a small non-profit in Virginia, says she feels responsible for her work and wants to be better.
“I want to be able to say that I’m really good, I’m good at what I do, and that’s how I get rewarded,” she says.
“It’s very easy to just say, ‘I did a great job, you’re a great person, and I’m happy with that.'”
Regan says she is still figuring out how to be an effective project manager.
But she is trying to get better, and she is using her project management skills to help others succeed.
“If you’re going to make a difference in somebody else’s life, you need to make that impact, because that’s the only way you’re ever going to be going to get it back,” she said.
Regan believes the project management profession is growing, and her company has seen an uptick in new projects this year.
“We’re seeing more people looking at it as an option, but they don’t know what they’re doing.
We’re seeing an increase in projects, but people don’t realize how much of it is still being done,” she explained.”
Project management is a huge field.
It’s definitely not going away,” she added.
Reagan is not alone in thinking project management is on the rise.
A recent survey by the nonprofit consulting firm Deloitte found that over the past year, there has been an average of three new projects being funded every day, up from one every month in 2016.
Re-engineered project managementThe term “re-engineer” comes from the term “redefining” a project, says Jason Waddington, the president of the Deloittes project management firm.
“If you were going to redefine a project from scratch, what you’d do is create an entirely new structure that’s completely different from what the original concept of the project was,” he explains.
“So what you would do is take the old project structure, re-engineers it, you would re-design it to fit your needs and your needs as a client.”
Re-engineering projects is a concept Waddingham uses to illustrate his idea.
“I like to think of it as like an architect re-engineering a house.
You’d put a different foundation, but the same structure, the same materials, you’d still have the same basic features,” he says.
The re-designed house would then be able, as the architects designed, to serve a specific purpose.
“You’d still need the same kind of foundation, the exact same materials and the same design and it would still be usable and functional,” he explained.
But, as Waddinson says, “you don’t necessarily have to go to the redo process.
You can take the existing project structure and just make a completely new structure with the same features, the building materials and everything that you’d need for a project.”
So, how do you get the project manager who is responsible for getting projects done right?
“One of the things that we really struggle with is people don