Well, not quite.
Picture the scene; a group of around 100 management consultants all talking to each other about what we do. I was talking to one of the organisers about what I did – the elevator pitch bit!
He looked at me for a moment and said; “the words project management are such a turn off. You need to sex it up a bit and call it something else!” This conversation took place around 8 years ago.
Now I deal with many professionals who have spent years becoming qualified and suddenly find that they have been given a project. They find themselves having to deal with a new set of skills, new labels and change!
Project management is so UNSEXY!
Switch to my business coach who in discussion mentioned that she felt that the words project management were so unsexy – got in the way of people needing to accept the rigours that project management introduces. I tested this out asking what the words project management merant to them:
- failed projects
- IT geeks
- Wembley stadium (which was delivered very late and overbudget)l
- systems and processes that must be followed
Few of the words were positive.
So are the words project management a blockage?
In my passion for developing project management skills of professional staff I look for ways of tackling blockages to learning and ultimately delivery of projects. Is the word project management a blockage? What are your thoughts?