Why Hire a Project Manager When I Can Do It Myself?
Ask yourself, “Can I really do it myself? Do I have the time to focus on managing a project? Am I needed elsewhere? Do I have the expertise to manage this project? ” If you have answered “No” to any one of these questions, you may need to hire a Project Manager (PM).
Here are some guidelines on why you should hire a PM.
1. A PM is a highly skilled professional: A PM is trained to lead a project from start to finish, on time and on budget. PM’s analyze your needs and provide resources to ensure your deliverable is of the highest quality.
2. Your time is valuable: Managing a project takes a lot of time and a lot of focus. There are many components to managing a project: juggling multiple vendors and stakeholders, organizing and implementing a timeline, and managing risk and quality control. A PM is skilled in these areas and can provide the necessary direction for these issues. Offloading the management of a complex project allows you to focus on the overall objectives and goals of your department or company.
3. Experience in the trenches: Managing a project may be easy enough when everything is going according to plan, but when unforeseen issues crop up, having a capable PM navigate the team to a productive solution can have a significant impact on keeping your project on track.
4. Talking the talk: Communication is critical. A good PM knows the language of your industry, and the language of the various resources and tools called on to create and deliver your project. This minimizes confusion and miscommunication for everyone and you end up with a great deliverable.