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  • Writer's pictureBrian Davidson, PMP, CSM

Unlocking the True Purpose of Project Management: Driving Project Momentum

In the realm of project management, it's all too easy to get caught up in the administrative minutiae—the endless cycle of creating schedules, compiling status reports, and conducting meetings. While these tasks are undeniably important, they only scratch the surface of what it truly means to be a project manager or project leader. The real essence of project management lies in driving project momentum—propelling teams forward, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately achieving project success.


Understanding the True Role of a Project Manager


In his insightful book, "The Later Approach to Managing Projects," Ho Wing Sit elucidates the role and purpose of a project manager as someone who is ultimately accountable. Beyond mere administrative duties, a project manager is the driving force behind project momentum—a catalyst for progress, innovation, and collaboration. Rather than simply overseeing tasks and deliverables, a project manager is actively engaged in empowering team members, removing obstacles, and ensuring the timely achievement of milestones and goals.


The Dichotomy of Entitlement vs. Ambition


A key distinction that often separates effective project managers from their counterparts is the mindset they bring to their role. Entitlement, as comedian Jimmy Carr humorously points out, is the mentality of believing that others are responsible for your success. It's a passive approach that relinquishes accountability and agency, leading to stagnation and mediocrity. On the other hand, ambition is the recognition that success is within your grasp—that you are responsible for your own destiny and the success of your projects.


Empowering Project Managers to Drive Momentum


Armed with a clear understanding of their role and mindset, project managers can unlock their full potential as drivers of project momentum. Instead of being bogged down by administrative tasks, they should prioritize actions that empower their teams, remove roadblocks, and keep projects on track. This may involve providing guidance and support to team members, advocating for resources and support from stakeholders, and fostering a culture of collaboration and accountability.


Conclusion: Propelling Projects Forward


In conclusion, the true purpose of project management lies in driving project momentum. Project managers are not mere administrators but catalysts for success—empowering their teams, removing obstacles, and ensuring the timely achievement of goals. By embracing the mindset of ambition over entitlement and taking proactive steps to propel projects forward, project managers can elevate their effectiveness and unlock greater levels of success. Let us embark on this journey together, as we propel projects forward and achieve remarkable outcomes.

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