Project management is hard — let's just admit that up front. But the cost of poor project management can kill your business.
Really good project managers are rare because the discipline requires a challenging combination of attributes:
- a highly proactive, persistent, and slightly obsessive disposition
- an affinity for understanding technology
- the ability to identify risk and address it appropriately
Some of these qualities will be inherent to the personality of your PM. They can also be learned and refined through coaching and mentoring.
Tools such as Jira, Basecamp, Trello, Liquid Planner, and Asana, will certainly help improve the project management function within your team, but they won't solve your project management issues by themselves.
Good project management is a complex discipline in its own right, and it takes a considerable amount of experience to do it well. Unfortunately, certifications like the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) are better at proving you can pass their tests than they are at demonstrating you can be an effective PM in the real world. You shouldn't rely on them alone.
The truth is that every organization does project management (and agile scrum) differently, and has different needs for their PMs.
I have performed project management roles in a variety of different organizations, large and small, including publishing (Random House), higher education (Barnard College), advertising agency (The Martin Agency), and web development firms (COLAB, Palantir.net). I have managed projects of varying sizes, from thousands of dollars to several millions of dollars, involving very small and very large teams — often multiple teams.
Whatever your project management pain points are, I can help you solve them by identifying the right people, the right processes, and the right tools to fit your needs.