You see a calendar alert for a meeting with your boss to review client deliverables. It's 1 P.M. and the meeting is scheduled for 2 P.M. The deliverables aren't ready yet. You search rapidly through your email looking for the latest version of the deliverable. You start pinging other teammates asking who made the latest edits. You spend the next 45 minutes looking for the file, editing the file, trying to request immediate feedback until...
...your boss pushes the meeting to tomorrow.
Sound familiar? Believe it or not, you're acting the role of a project manager. Connecting with people, bringing together all the pieces of the puzzle, managing the final success.
We surveyed 1,464 workers about their work management processes and discovered that 94% of respondents manage projects on a regular basis, but only 47% have "project manager" in their job title or description. This tells us that project management is becoming a shared responsibility, no matter what role you're officially in.
However, as managing projects becomes a common practice in the workplace, the sheer lack of training in standard project management practices is setting many people up for failure. Without a process in place to handle many projects across different teams, meetings get canceled, deadlines pushed, stress levels rise, and projects die. Client project manager roles and responsibilities need to be clear from the outset, to avoid this inevitable project failure down the line.
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