This is a Guest Post by Claudiu Geanta.
Project Management work is ever evolving and will continue to be so in years to come. Among certain attributes that define a successful Project Manager, adaptability is one that clearly stands out above the rest.
Adaptability refers not only to employing new communication channels but also to understanding, absorbing and pairing the appropriate technologies with the project at hand. In addition, the PM of the future must continue to hone his/her skills in order to furnish sound technical solutions to clients who are looking at the PM role not only from a traditional point of view but as the provider of solutions with great impact for the organization.
Think of the PM role as that of an orchestra conductor. Long gone is the time when the conductor was required to make sense of a music score, place instruments in its right locations and deliver a melodious sound. The audience is increasingly more diverse and demands new sounds. Keenly aware of newly invented instruments and technologies, the audience is constantly asking for masterpieces delivered by virtuosos directed by stellar conductors.
To keep up with the complexity of projects and the ever increasing market demands, the PM will have to be that stellar conductor. Projects will become more and more niche driven and the PMs will have to laser focus on that particular niche while keeping an eye on the impact of the project upon all the other moving parts of a dynamic organization. This will be achieved by perpetually expanding their panoply of techniques and employ the specialized ones which best resonate with an organization.
The PM will have to not only manage multi-disciplinary virtuosos spread out across the globe but adapt to their culture, refine and adapt communication style, evaluate resource availability and fit their expertise level in such way that the end result is a brilliant show that makes the audience stand up and cheer for an encore.
Claudiu Geanta is currently a Sr. Project Manager for Precision Design Studios and has over 15 years of managerial experience in technology operations, systems, architecture design, deployment and business development. He lives in Burbank, California with his wife Andreea and their 16 year old daughter – Bianca.