Adopting new technologies is sometimes as simple as installing an application and letting users play around with the controls for a while until they’ve learned how it works. But for the other kind of development or adoption initiatives, you’ll probably need a project manager. As technologies grow more far-reaching and deeply enmeshed in every aspect of our work lives, the role of project managersbecomes ever more critical to success.
In this week’s episode of Tech Club, James and I interview Project Manager and certified Scrummaster Andrew McNair about how he guides clients through the series of stages leading up to a completed project. To liven things up a bit, we’ve decided to use dating as an analogy. Some of the parallels are obvious: the importance of communication, the aligning of goals, etc. But we go into a bit more detail.
Andrew guides us through topics including:
How beginning a project is like a blind date
What the main goal of the initial meeting should be
What the initial stages of project planning entail
How a kickoff call is like a first date—but with multiple attendees
What is discussed during the kickoff
When the decision is made to use an agile approach or some other approach
What the secret is to putting people at ease when discussing their project
Why the 60-80% point of projects is so dangerous
What the goals of the project manager should be as the project nears an end
What the project lifecycle looks like from 10,000 feet
Andrew is exactly the kind of guy you'd want coordinating any complex project. Even when he’s joking around, you can still get a sense of his deep and wide-ranging competency. And he has a way of communicating with people on their own level that puts them at ease, reassuring them that everything is proceeding aboveboard and all issues will be ironed out post haste.
I'm Aptera's Content Strategist. I've been writing about tech and marketing for 5 years and have certifications from HubSpot and The Content Marketing Institute. A big science and literature geek, I taught college rhetoric and composition while I was still busy going to school for way too long, earning bachelor's degrees in anthropology and psychology, along with a master's in British and American literature. Look me up on LinkedIn.