Help! I’m an accidental or new project manager. How do I get started?
That was one of the questions asked recently in Project Management Café, our Facebook Group (what, you’re not a member? Hop over and join us now!).
Simon Harris was our expert guest for the week, hosting the chat on the theme of ‘The Accidental PM’s Surgery’ and this is what he had to share about how to get started on a project.
What is an Accidental Project Manager?
I guess most accidental project managers have had a conversation along these lines:
- “Oh, you’re not so busy can you just…”
- “We should treat this as a project so that…”
- “You’d be the ideal project manager…”
Is this familiar?
If the initial conversation happened a bit like that, then a few conclusions are safe-ish.
- You’re a subject matter expert in some discipline relevant to the end result and/or a respected ‘organiser’.
- You have to coordinate a variety of people to get the result delivered.
- There is probably an oversight or approvals or other sort of committee structure to ask permission from, perhaps to start, to continue and to end.
- There are a variety of people who have an opinion on what you’re doing.
- There is a mix of stuff you know and stuff you suspect and stuff you need to find out.