Seriously, the term has become so overused that it no longer means anything. Everyone describes themselves as a project manager, but no one knows what it really means.
In a world where everything is a “project”, whether it lasts one day or one year, everyone is a project manager. But let’s be realistic, people.
Arguably, the majority of things I do are projects. I write over a hundred individual proposals at my architecture firm over the course of a year. I write between 40-50 car articles in that same period. I organize and host Battle of the Bards 6-8 times a year. During university, I organized field trips for the Warriors Band to Montreal and Halifax. And yes, right now I’m coordinating the Schools Challenge for the City of Waterloo, which is a large “project” that requires me to create and distribute materials; liaise with people at the City, school boards, media, and otherwise; and manage a budget. I also look after various aspects of the Robin in the Hood festival, including some rehearsals and much of the set construction.
THIS DOES NOT ALL MAKE ME A PROJECT MANAGER. Well, maybe the Schools Challenge stuff does, but I don’t count the other stuff.
I’ll stop there. Sorry for the griping. Suffice to say that I’m tired of hearing everyone claim to be a project manager.
When you’re a truly “qualified” project manager, you’ll know it. More importantly, so will the people around you.