The role of a ‘Project Manager’ is essential in everyday life as well as most Business sectors. In our personal lives, we find ourselves working to deadlines and budgets with the ultimate aim of achieving ‘something’ which meets or even exceeds expectations at the end.
It could be as simple as getting to work on time or something quite challenging, like refurbishing your home. This is not to say that a Project Manager (PM) is an easy job that anyone can do well but to demonstrate that subconsciously any individual with some form of ambition has to navigate and adapt daily.
In the environment of Business and professions, more specifically the Association for Project Management (APM) a Project Manager is described as being ‘responsible for day-to-day management of the project and must be competent in managing the six aspects of a project, i.e. scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality and resources.’ This definition highlights how multifaceted a PM needs to be and what they need to have a comprehensive understanding of. With this in mind, the value of a PM should never be underestimated, because without their involvement, there is no clear plan of how to deal with any issues resulting in the demise of a project.
Project Management is known to be male dominated, with a high disparity within Construction. My specialism is store development, requiring me to work with shopfitting and building ‘tradesman’ – an archaic term. Nonetheless, it is greatly satisfying to have witnessed more women entering these roles in the last 12 years. Personally, I have never been deterred due to having strong and successful male and female role models to guide me. But I am not naïve, regardless of my knowledge and experience, I have had to complete to gain the acceptance and recognition from my male counterparts in the industry.