It doesn’t take much to figure out that project management is one of the most challenging jobs in the IT industry. It is a continuous juggling act, simultaneously managing the four major elements of any web development project: money, time, resources and scope. The bulk of the responsibility and pressure can be quite overwhelming, considering the fact that the success of the project would greatly depend on the project manager. Amid the endless deadlines to beat, anxious clients to appease, critical decisions that have to be made, and hundred and one concerns to attend to in between, I have to say, there is never a dull moment in my line of work.
Since I started out as a programmer for 2 years. My experience gave me a better insight on the web design and development process. I must say I have had more than my fair share of challenges. However, my background as a programmer prepared me to rise up to the tasks, most of which are interrelated with what I usually deal with now in managing projects, especially in dealing with clients.
My technical background also helped me in a way that I can easily grasp what exactly the clients want for their project. Since some of our clients do not exactly have a technical background, it can quite difficult to correctly interpret what they have in mind and the particular design concept they prefer. This comes with the territory, and you need to have patience that can rival that of the saint. Collaboration and constant feed backing is highly important in making sure the client’s vision is clearly interpreted and executed.
It also helps to be able to give a fair estimate on the development period and balance the load among my highly competent team members.While I may have a relatively small team to spread the with around, with proper coordination and communication, it has not become a hindrance in achieving our goal of delivering quality web design and development projects on time and on budget. But then again, project management does not simply end in getting the project done and satisfying our clients. It goes far beyond that. It also requires the commitment to ensure that each team member are properly motivated to take on the challenges as well as offer them the room to grow and opportunity to hone their skills in all aspects of their respective crafts.
Yes, given my work, I can easily be likened to a circus juggler. But this is definitely not a one man show. I have my whole team to back me up. Team work has always has been the key ingredient to managing the seemingly insurmountable load of work. When dealing with clients for certain projects, I always ask my team for their insights or suggestions before proceeding to implementation. It’s a continuous learning process for me, and we are all work in progress. I think, it greatly helps that I make to maintain a democratic approach. I want to know what they think about the issue and willing to listen for their sentiments and critiques.
I believe that as the leader of the team, so to speak, one must maintain a good perspective on things and the fortitude to lead the pack. After all, there is a lot at stake, and our clients always expect no less than extraordinary from us.