Chosing A Career As A Project Manager Essay

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Abstract: Title: Choosing a Career as a Project Manager. This research will summarize what a Project Manager is, and the steps explained, to complete a project, if the career that is chosen is to be a successful Project Manager. The research touches on the many qualities, and skills a person needs to learn, and possess to become a Project Manager. This report will not cover the total execution of the project. Putting together a project from start to finish is an enormous amount of work and there are steps to follow to make sure nothing is left unnoticed. This research will cover the majority of those steps. When the chosen profession is a Project Manager, there are 5 different skills that are used in a Project Management role.…show more content…
(http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Project_Manager,_IT/Salary) How does one define “Project Manager”? There are different team models according to the “Journal of Leadership Studies” (Grant and Heberling, 1991). This research will concentrate on the heavy Project Manager or the “Conductor Leadership Model.” Similar to an orchestra conductor the project manager is guiding the contributions of the team. The Project Manager and the team are comparable to the orchestra. The Project Manager will be the conductor and will lead the orchestra. The team is the orchestra, and all will be contributing to the performance, along with complementing the other members. The “Conductor Leadership Model” is beneficial for the project because of the repeated communication, as in an orchestra. This leads to learning each others jobs, which can be a huge asset when a member of the project is absent.
Case studies with the “Conductor Leadership Model” also included the Project Manager having team meetings once a week. The meetings offered a place to discuss problems that have arisen, and examine progress, or lack of, through this point of the project. The Project Manager would also praise the team’s achievements in these meetings, and keep the team on a positive note. (Grant and Heberling, 1991). There are several methods of evaluating a complex project. Author Lois Bridges (Bridges, 1996) lists five types of assessment involving different

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