Have you ever wondered what life as a Project Manager is really like? What does it take to become a Technical PM and to stay top of the game?
If you are considering a career within Tech or are planning on adding an expert to your team – you can find some first-hand perception right here.
Liam: I work closely with a range of people who are working toward product launches, managing the flow of work between technical and non-technical teams. Broadly my responsibilities sit within three buckets:
Liam: I am a big advocate of helping people grow and develop, so for me, it is seeing someone who I have worked with gain new skills and experience new opportunities. Many people see personal development as this big beast of a challenge, but often it’s just little adjustments and changes that can have a big impact.
Liam: While I would say my days are not usually the same, there is a degree of similarity across them. I will often have morning calls with teams in different time zones and gather updates from others. Mid-morning is frequently when a lot of the day’s challenges appear and then the afternoon is often about impact analysis and figuring out which of these new challenges need more focus. A lot of my day is spent away from my desk moving between teams. I’m a big fan of not hiding behind an email and going to speak to someone instead – especially if they don’t sit that far away!
On a good day, when no pressing issues appear, I will switch my focus and catch up on less urgent items as well as look forwards and begin to pre-empt upcoming issues, putting actions in place to stop them from occurring or reducing their impact.
Liam: As I work across so many teams and at different levels of project maturity no two days (or hours) seem to be the same. Being able to hop between conversations and solve the problems that are appearing is something I really enjoy, combined with being part of shaping how future innovations will launch, meaning there are always opportunities for me to grow and develop.
Liam: As a project manager everyone approaches and delivers differently; we all have our own style, techniques and personality traits that will influence how we approach a situation. Looking back on some of the more challenging situations I’ve faced as a project manager three themes rise to the surface.
Liam: Take the time to learn from others. See what their strengths and weaknesses are and use that knowledge to help develop yourself. If someone is particularly good at something, try to analyse what makes them good at it and attempt to replicate it. Equally, you can learn just as much from someone who is not good at something by understanding why it is a weakness for them. Once you’ve picked up on something, you can make small incremental changes to the way you work, but make sure you reflect on how these changes are received by others.
Thanks so much for sharing!