Category Archives: Human Aspects of Project Management

Does the role of project manager vary from one context to another?

We often see posts that tell us about the role of project manager, with a list of responsibilities. These posts often appear to be by “experts” and the content is presented with certainty. In other words, the post might be erroneous or present the role from a narrow perspective, yet it is presented as THE ROLE of project manager.

There is about 1 hour of content here, so if you are a PMP, you could claim 1 PDU for listening in.


Agile Project Management, Agile Project Manager, Project Leader

I guess it is clear from our introduction that the role of a PM is not fixed. It varies from one context to another. In this article, we share five videos related to this topic.


Role of Project Manager

OK, the role of PM does vary from one context to another. However, are there some general guidelines?

In theory, a project manager is the one who manages a project. However, in practice, the answer to the question: what is the role of project manager (and his/her responsibilities) is it depends on numerous other factors. In this first video, the longest; about 26 min we cover the topic in general.

Do project owners still need a project manager in BOT situations?

Continuing from the first video, this second video address a specific question, which is: do project owners’ organizations still need a PM in a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) situations? The idea is since the BOT company is paying for project and will manage it, would the “utility” or government entity (or others) that is giving out the BOT contract still need to manage? Listen; this is a shorter video.

Project Manager Competence

How can we link project manager competence to project classification? In other words, how can we determine the type or size of a project that a given project manager can manage? OK still not clear, let us say we have a PM with less than 5 years of experience, can this PM manage a large and complex project?

In this third video, we address this question and link it to professional certifications, such as those from IPMA. IPMA focuses on project management competence and their certifications link to the project manager competence.

Do we need project managers or project leaders?

Here we address a highly popular topic, which is to address one of the common misunderstanding on the topic of leader versus manager, then we link this to project management and managing a project.

OK, then, for managing a project, do we need a project manager or a project leader? The answer is in the next video.

Is the project manager doing all PM work?

We close this series with this question:

Is the project manager doing all PM work or are there others to help?

The reason for this video is that many of the posts on PM, even when reading the PMBOK Guide, or preparing for the PMP exam, one can be led to believe that the PM is the one doing everything. Well, maybe in those tiny projects. Other than micro projects, the PM cannot do all of the work. Listen to see if you agree with our views or you think we are wrong.

Closing Remarks

What do you think? What did you like or don’t like?

Are there any topics you would like to address?

Is there any project management association that accredit training providers?

Recently, I was meeting with a client, and they were talking about “accredited PMI providers” and as far as I know, there are NO accredited providers from PMI or any other professional association. However, to be sure, I asked the question on LinkedIn.  I will conclude this post with two resources, the Ajam Acid Interview Questions, and How to Select a Project Management Training Provider. What did we ask and what were some of the answers? Read on. Continue reading

What are the Ajam Acid Interview Questions in Project Management?

I was going to post these interview questions one by one, and I did post two or three on LinkedIn before but let me post all of them today. So, what are the Ajam Acid Interview Questions in Project Management? Continue reading

The SUKAD Way for Managing Projects

Would you be interested in project management seminars?

Project Management Seminars

Would you be interested in attending an evening (or daytime) project management seminar?

This article is to seek your input on selecting topics for a project management seminar series.

We also want to address organizations if they would be interested in partnering with us by hosting one or more of these seminars or even full-day workshop. Continue reading

Is there one team for a given project?

In the previous post, we talked about Who are the people involved in delivering a project?

In that article, we discussed the various components of the Extended Project Team, Project Team, and Project Management Team. So regardless of what team we are talking about, is there one team for a given project?

What we mean here – on a project life cycle – is the team constant? Continue reading

What is the difference between stakeholder and shareholder?

Kids were having steak for lunch so they were steakeholders 🙂

Well, our topic today is not about steakholders but stakeholders and shareholders. No cup holders for today.

Honestly, this topic is easy and straight forward. We do not often see too much confusion between the two terms in our workshops. People understand the term shareholder and they know it is different from a stakeholder. The confusion is often about the stakeholders themselves – there is no clear understanding of who are the stakeholders.

Two videos for you – the first focuses on shareholders versus stakeholders. The second video is actually an audio presentation discussing stakeholders.

Let us know what you think.

Thanks

How to kill, execute, or decompose a project?

With this post, we will start re-publishing some old articles and update them. Of course, we will continue to publish new articles.

Project management is a serious business, but it does not hurt to have some fun with this interesting domain. In this post, we decided to play on words and learn the language of the living dead that, some of us, use from time to time. Continue reading

A personal post, Mounir Ajam Career Path

I hope this post will not be misunderstood and taken for what it is – sharing a personal career path that started in 1984 in engineering and shifted to project management in 1990 and continuing to today. This is a sample career path and we hope it will inspire others to lead.

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