I previously Blogged about all the different hats we’re required to wear in business today. This past week I tried on a new hat, Project Manager.
As a leader, managing projects is obviously part of the job. Managing activities is what we do. This past week I seriously dug into Ebsco’s project to become ISO certified for Environmental Management by this October. The more I worked the longer the list of notes grew. The list of names needed to accomplish this project grew also. This was going to take much more than a few calendar notes and to do list entries. This was going to take full-blown project management.
So, as with everything else I have tackled, I began researching. Project Management was the process I needed.
A project manager is a professional in the field of project management. Project managers can have the responsibility of the planning, execution and closing of any project. Typically they do not actually participate in the execution of the project. Their primary responsibility is leading the efforts of others and keeping the activities on time and on budget. I large organizations they will employ individuals task simply with oversight of the project. Ebsco is not that large so I will be involved in the execution and serving as project manager.
Everything about project management made sense, creating a charter, creating teams. training, time lines, bench marks and keystone events and delivering the final product to match the goal. Then the GNATT chart. I thought a Gnat was something that flew around and bothered people. I’ve swatted gnats but never created a gnatt. I discovered that a gnatt chart is simply a visible reputation of time lines, people, events and their relationship with each other in the project. The gnatt chart has become an identifiable symbol of project management. This chart will keep us on track to our ultimate goal of achieving ISO certification in October.