During my recent interview on Blog Talk Radio . I was asked what my favorite industry is. My answer was: project management is about applying project management processes to go from project initiation to project closing. This approach is the same for any project. So I do not have a favorite industry. For me project management is project management. Note that PMI’s PMBOK® does talk about specific industries, but about project management processes. For me doing a Space Shuttle project or planning a wedding is the same. Let me show you how I would approach both projects if I was asked to manage them.
Space Shuttle Project
Managing a Space Shuttle project sounds extreme, but we have the technology and there are project managers that have managed Space Shuttle projects. So I would start by contacting such a project manager and including him or her on my team. Next we would plan, execute and close the project. Sounds simple, but those are the main steps that have to be taken.
My approach to managing a wedding project would be the same: I have a friend who plans weddings for tourists that want to get married on Aruba. I would get her on my team to plan the wedding for me. Once we reach to an agreement, we plan, execute and close out the wedding project.
The approach is the same for projects in different industries. Managing projects is about the process, not the industry (content).
You may be thinking: doesn’t the Space Shuttle project have more risks than a wedding? Well, messing up a bride’s wedding can be risky also.
I have the confidence that i can handle both projects. I hope that my recent eBook Project Management Quick Start will help you start building that confidence also.