The unrealized project manager

Posted by Lauren Beaver on Apr 17, 2019 6:57:07 AM

The unrealized project manager

I’m probably just like you. Project Manager isn’t in my title. I don’t have any fancy project management certifications or formal training to consider myself a Project Manager. But the truth is, I’ve been an “unofficial” project manager in every role I’ve ever held, I just didn’t realize it. If you know me, you know I’ve had many different types of jobs in varying industries: retail associate, pediatric clinician, graduate student, camp director, sales professional.

For the better part of my professional career, I’ve always been working on a side-project to help with a new business initiative, streamline an existing process or boost my chances of getting a promotion. Whenever I work on projects, I default to my tried-and-true methods of “project management”. I make to-do lists, use sticky notes for reminders, excel spreadsheets to organize my tasks and ideas. And, when I need to collaborate, I use something like Google Sheets. I’m a pretty orderly person; a self-proclaimed neat freak and obsessively organized. Why would I need project management software? No thanks. I’ll pass.

While I’ve been successful in many projects, inevitably something falls through the cracks, whether I’d like to admit it or not. A deadline is missed. Communication isn’t clear with teammates and someone doesn’t do what I wanted them to do. Expectations are ambiguous, delivering an unexpected or lackluster result. These are the aspects of project management which wake me up in the middle of the night, fearing I’ve dropped the ball.

Not until I began my career with Viewpath did it become overwhelmingly evident to me that someone who is an “unofficial project manager” could benefit from a solution like Viewpath. This is a tool I could have used at every stage of my professional career and maybe even helped me move the needle more quickly and more easily than my previous methods. The ease of use and intuitive functionality can simplify any project. Color coding, scheduling, resource matching and tagging capabilities speak directly to my little Type-A heart.

Viewpath essentially ensures no task gets left behind; what’s not to love if it can help you get from Point A to Point B faster and under budget? By eliminating ambiguity, it decreases the stress and chaos of missed communication and not knowing where your project stands. Providing insight into every member’s responsibilities and expectations level-sets accountability, so you don’t have to hope they get things done or micromanage. Reporting on every ounce of information you could ever need will not only instill confidence in the project manager but equip leaders and stakeholders who are tracking the project to make data-driven decisions.

If you’d like to learn more about how Viewpath could change how you run your side-projects, let me know. I’d love to connect. lauren.beaver@viewpath.com

Topics: Project Management