Scott Berkun asks the question “are you a leader or a tracker” in his most recent blog post complaining about the ambiguity surrounding the title “project manager.” He lists a number of questions he has to ask anyone with a “P” or an “M” in their title to figure out what they REALLY do. I thought it was a really insightful post, and it helped me make an observation, although not a particularly keen one.
Project manager roles don’t vary just from organization to organization – they also vary by personality of the PM’s themselves. For instance, I’m a pretty average project administrator (low process rigor) but a pretty decent project leader (high project rigor). I have PM colleagues around me who vary widely in their own abilities as well.
I thought Scott’s post was pretty timely, considering my post yesterday about PM rigor. Check it out.