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  • 1. Top 3 mistakes made when hiring a project manager
  • 2. MISTAKE #1: HIRING THE WRONG AMOUNT OF PROJECT MANAGERS
  • 3. Pardon me? What do you mean the wrong amount?
  • 4. This is a chart of the effort required on a project over time
  • 5. If you hire a fixed number of Project Managers, they will be in one of two scenarios:
  • 6. Either they dont have enough to do most of the time,
  • 7. or they are overcommitted and at risk of burnout
  • 8. A team of Project Managers provides resources as they are needed
  • 9. Scaling to perfectly fit the needs of the project.
  • 10. MISTAKE #2: SETTLING FOR TOO LITTLE
  • 11. Every Project Manager has their own strengths and weaknesses
  • 12. This could be one of the Project Mangers you are considering: 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 13. They are an expert in Integration & Stakeholder Management 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 14. But weak in Risk, Communications, and Procurement Management 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 15. And here is another Project Manager 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 16. An expert in Human Resource and Communications Management 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 17. But weak in Risk, Quality, Procurement and Integration Management 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 18. If you hire either one of these individuals, you get the whole package.
  • 19. Their areas of expertise
  • 20. And their areas of weakness
  • 21. But if you hire a project management consultant, they put together a team of Project Managers,
  • 22. Each with their own areas of expertise 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 23. So you receive expert Project Management in every area. 10 8 6 4 2 0
  • 24. MISTAKE #3: PUTTING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET
  • 25. Ever heard of the lottery factor?
  • 26. What would be the impact if your Project Manager disappeared?
  • 27. A project management consultant reduces this risk in multiple ways
  • 28. 1 We have a team approach, keeping multiple Project Managers involved
  • 29. 1 2 We have a team approach, keeping multiple Project Managers involved We have the systems and processes in place to keep project documents in a safe, secure, and central location
  • 30. 1 2 3 We have the systems and processes in place to keep project documents in a safe, secure, and central location We have access to a large pool of alternate and back up Project Managers We have a team approach, keeping multiple Project Managers involved
  • 31. So in summary,
  • 32. If you want to stop:
  • 33. 1 Paying Project Managers to twiddle their thumbs OR pushing them into stress leave I want to stop
  • 34. Paying Project Managers to twiddle their thumbs OR pushing them into stress leave 1 2 Settling for insufficient Project Management I want to stop
  • 35. Paying Project Managers to twiddle their thumbs OR pushing them into stress leave 1 2 3 Gambling with the Settling for insufficient Project Management success of your project I want to stop
  • 36. You need to hire a project management consultant