What do you think you know about project management? As people age, we often realize that the beliefs that we held when we were younger are no longer true. Things change. We grow. Technology advances. So are the beliefs that you’ve held for years about project management necessarily true? Are people today falling for project management myths that are simply flawed?
I was having lunch with another project manager recently and we were discussing the difference between the way seasoned project managers see their role, and the way younger people without much experience see project management as a discipline.
Many young people leading projects today have a completely different mindset. They may be on to something important. Consider the teams of young people who get together and work on a project, with no planning or schedule, and get it done in a weekend. Maybe there is something we can learn from these product launch weekends.
Regardless of the changing nature of project management and the different approaches, there are some dangerous project management myths project managers should avoid falling for. In my experience project managers who tend to fall for some of the most common myths are in two major categories: either a large, bureaucratic background, or a smaller, leaner background. Regardless of whether you fall into these two categories, make sure you're not falling for these common project management myths.