Based on your experience working with the Lego project, what do you think are important assets and skills to have and/or develop to be a successful project manager?
In class we were tasked with building a city using Lego bricks, we had a client who gave us an insight of how she wanted the city to look like. During this exercise, we were divided into two teams and each team had a project manager. This is what I learnt about the tasks of a project manager and working as a team to accomplish a similar task.
A project manager is is the one who is responsible for organizing teams, developing team plans and facilitating project execution to achieve a company’s goals. Below are some of the skills that a project manager should have in order to be successful;
How would you handle the following situations:
1) You are allocated a team that does not agree on the best way to achieve certain aspects of the project you oversee. They debate recommendations, timelines, resources, and each other. They disagree so often that the upcoming milestone/deadline is potentially impacted? How would you handle this to ensure the project remains on time and in budget.
In such a scenario the first thing that I would do as a project manager is to get back to the basics, have a clear definition of the project and ensure that the purpose and scope is known by all members.
Discuss the goals and layout clear expectations and deadlines for each task so that everyone understands how important the project is.
2) You have a bad history working with one team member on your project team. It can even be said you do not like one another. How would you handle being a project manager with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable?
As a project manager, I know that my main responsibility is to guide my team towards achieving the goal of completing a certain task.
The first thing I would do when faced with such a situation is to understand that this is a new opportunity to work with this team member. I would try to understand what about this person makes me uncomfortable and try not to dwell on it if its not important. I would also focus on the now and the task before us.