Making Things Happen 2
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