From where I stand, at a small agency, there are 4 major function of a PM's role:
Fostering Clear Communication
Project Planning and Maintenance
Time and Budget Tracking
That list is proof that project management creates a perfect storm of activities that no single app can handle. Right now, our PM setup is a collection of tools that are good for a single purpose within project manager. I am in the middle of assessing the tools we use and find myself wishing for the unicorn of all apps. (We all know unicorns don't exist, right?) Read more
When I look down at my To Do list some days, I notice that maybe a third to a half of my actual assignments are someone else's. I find it sort of funny to think, "have I become that person who? AM I A PAIN?"
It's okay, I've gotten over those feelings, but it hasn't been without some experience to find out that following up with people and holding them accountable for their own work is part of the job in project management.
We just completed a project with the most aggressive timeline I have ever had the pleasure to plan and manage. It would have been a complete displeasure had everything not gone so well. It might not sound so rough in writing, but we designed and deployed a blog for a brand new client in under 10 days.
Two days after launch, I am sitting at my desk, going back to the site to make sure we didn't miss something, thinking "what happened here?" or "how did we pull it off?" Here's why I think we did it: Read more