Being a Project Manager creates a glass ceiling for yourself
For some reason, people think that once you’re a Project Manager, you stay a Project Manager forever. The fact is that Project Managers go on to be Senior Managers, Directors, VPs, and even C-Level Officers. Being a Project Manager gives you the opportunity to learn about different aspects of business and it teaches you to value the money that your company or any company for that matter to meet the objectives of the business.
Anyone can be a Project Manager
This is a partial myth in that even though anyone can be a Project Manager or called a Project Manager, however not everyone can be a good Project Manager. This job takes a lot of communication, time, patience, and insight to be a good and efficient Project Manager. With experience you learn more and more of what to look for and what not to look for. If you’re a great Project Manager, you become a student of your craft and you learn not only about your job, but the industry (IT, Manufacturing, Engineering, Finance, etc.) that you’re in.
Project Managers should have a degree in Project Management
Project Management can be learned in two ways: Education and Experience. For employers, education is important, but not without experience. Education can include a bachelor’s or master’s degree or even a certificate or certification. The fact is that when it comes to education, a lot of employers prefer the PMI certifications or a college degree because PMI requires that you take continuing education to keep your certification valid. Also getting a degree in Project Management pigeon holes you when looking to move up the corporate ladder and out of project management.
All Project Managers know Agile and Six Sigma
The basic methodology of project management stems from the PMBOK in most cases. For some they may come from PRINCE 2 methodologies. Using the Agile or Six Sigma approach (and any other methodology for that fact) requires some additional knowledge. Now all methodologies are similar in some ways, they are still difference approaches to project management as a whole. In certain industries or countries the methodology may be solely focused on Agile (software development) or Six Sigma (manufacturing) or PRINCE2 (in the UK)
Any Manager can be a Project Manager
Being a good Project Manager gives you certain set of skills that not all managers have. Managers are used to managing the same group of employees every day while Project Managers work with multiple groups and personalities on at any point during a project. Project managers also have a better grasp on vendor management in many cases than a manager does (this is dependent on the company). Also in many cases managers are able to pick their employees as well as hire and fire while the Project Manager doesn’t have that luxury. This allows a Project Manager to be able to adapt to managing different personalities individually and as a group.
Project Managers are a luxury and not a necessity
If you company has projects, you definitely need good qualified Project Managers to implement those projects. Every year companies are recognized for implementing PMOs with a project management structure helping their companies save hundreds of thousands, millions, and even billions of dollars in savings which allows the Project Manager positions to pay for themselves and much more in the long run. By cost savings, Project Managers create better quality in production the first time around, monitor and control working hours of project team, holds team members accountable, mitigate risks, and meeting all project goals under budget and on time. Even in some organizations Project Managers are the unbiased group within the company that helps break down silos between departments.