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Project Management as a teacher

November 23, 2015
Running Head: Making Things Happen 1
Making Things Happen
Adefemi Ajayi
Eastern Kentucky University.
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A project is a unique piece of work with predefined start and end dates, objective, scope and budget (Salminen
and Lanning, 1999).Project Manager is not necessarily a job title (p. 2); for example, when I worked in a high school,
depending on the type of project, different individuals are assigned to manage the project based on their expertise. My job
designation as an Advance Mathematics Coordinator for High School students and also as the Information Technology
Centre (ICT Centre) manager were both Project management functions which involved planning, writing teaching notes
according to the syllabus (writing specification), making decisions and implementation management which were all
project management needed skills. As a Project manager, the failure to appropriately figure out the right paradox to adopt
at different stages can significantly affect a project negatively. For example, I could not meet my target at the end of the
semester because I did not delegate appropriately. This shortcoming was as a result of my love for teaching. I was invested
in my job and did not utilize available delegation opportunities. Project managers must delegate important or fun tasks
and share rewards with the entire team (p. 11).
As a project manager there will be situations where you have to be autocratic to get the work done, for instance,
the high school Principal do get furious and charge all instructors anytime students perform below expectation on
standardized assessments. . A project manager has to be confident and willful enough to take control and force certain
actions onto a team, but it should not be to the extreme and he should create the environment where work can be
collaborated on effectively (p. 11). The principal sets a standard that must be met by all instructors to improve students’
performance and ensures compliance with the set standards. Though, this system may work well, it requires collaboration
with the Instructors to succeed. During this period, the principal meets with Instructors frequently and they share ideas on
what to do to improve the performance of the students.
During my employment as a technical support assistant at a computer/mobile gadgets repair company, controlled
ambiguity was permitted if it will lead to better and cheaper solutions than the traditional solution available at the
company. Nevertheless, one must be careful in implementation to ensure that the standard is not compromised. This has
always given birth to new ideas. In project management, you give room for controlled ambiguity, yet pursue perfection (p.
11). Also, a good project manager must know when to communicate orally and when to put it in written. Again, using the
high school as an example, the principal communicate orders to staffs via written circulars; ideas and suggestions are
shared during meetings, this is to get the opinions of the staffs on issues. Orders are orders, they cannot be debated.
Knowing the right time to hurry your team and the time to just be patient with them and allow the work to flow during a
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project is another good trait of a project manager. For instance, when an Instructor is behind on covering the syllabus, then
he/she should be proactive in ensuring completion. Likewise, when students are finding it hard to understand a particular
topic, the instructor should recognize the need to slow down to carry everyone along. Similarly, a good project manager
must acknowledge complexity and yet strive for simplicity. It is just like trying to simplify a complex topic for students by
given more examples and dividing it into more subtopics.
As a project manager, the courage to face fear is another trait. A project manager is the captain of his team, he
keeps his team focused on the goal and outcome, the Project Manager should be someone who stands in the gap to
encourage his team. He should be skeptical but not cynical, if things does not look right, he should be able to probe the
situation, ask questions and face the problem together with them, developing the team’s belief.
Furthermore, a schedule is required as part of a project management document. The three main objectives of a
schedule is first to make a commitment towards achieving a goal, then to allow the contributions of individuals to be seen
and thirdly to enable that the project progress can be easily tracked and work divided into manageable sizes (pp. 24-26).
According to Berkun (2008)the rule of thirds is an ultimate edict in achieving any type of good project schedules that will
satisfy the above purposes. The rule works by breaking the available time into parts, one for design, the other for
implementation and the third for testing. An example of a simple project schedule for a high school instructor preparation
of course syllabus. As an Instructor, I was involved in preparation of course syllabus and I realized that it is not as simple
as it looks. A course calendar and syllabus requires all necessary project management skills that any complex project may
require. From designing, to implementation and testing. The design phase is always one of the most important because
that is where the estimates are made and a schedule is simply a probability and a good design encompasses good
estimates. For example, to make good syllabus design with reasonable estimates is not just the work of an Instructor, the

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