One of the aims of this site is to provide project management help to those who stumble into the role of project manager and realise that they could do with a few pointers on what that means. Steven Levy’s No Secret blog talks about the Accidental Project Manager, and considers the benefits and disadvantages of that way of working:

Accidental project managers can have a surprisingly positive impact on [...] projects if they are armed with a small number of project-management “weapons”:

  • They know what they don’t know. In other words, they don’t try to do too much or pretend they have the answers.
  • They have good people skills. That’s probably 80% of effective project management anyway!
  • They have a small, basic set of simple tools to manage — a way to track risks, a way to track tasks/progress, and a way to track costs/resources

It’s true! It’s too easy to get bogged down in process and not consider what it is that you are trying to achieve, but it’s important not to forget that small, basic set of simple tools. Projects need some sort of control applied to them, to make sure that they are heading where they need to go. I look forward to seeing some more information about those tools in coming weeks.