Posted by: kerrywills | November 21, 2014

Scouts would make great Project Managers

My son is 9 and is in Cub Scouts. The Scout motto is “Be Prepared” which I think is also relevant to the Project Management community. Our job requires always being prepared; which includes such activities as…

  • Planning for meetings beforehand to make sure they are successful
  • Having a detailed plan and preparing in advance for upcoming activities; including lining up resources
  • Risk planning to think through possible risks and mitigations
  • Understanding financial and schedule variances
  • Preparing for stakeholder meetings and communications
  • Thinking about activities well before they are coming up to ensure they get completed on time

Be Prepared for Anything

So the above examples are only a subset of our jobs but make the point that being prepared is core to our profession. Now maybe we should start selling popcorn and cookies too to help pay for PMI dues…


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