As I am sitting here planning the activities to move into the career of my dreams. I realized how much I have learned and accomplished over the years. I started at Kaiser as a Medical Center Administrative Assistant. Now I am a Senior Project Manager. Go Tashia! Through the last couple of years, with all the stress and pressure I was under, I consistently wondered what the heck I was doing in this position. Why me??? I know you are not supposed to question certain things, but I felt like I was truly being punished. Now I realize why. The reason was so I can gain knowledge that will make me the best artist manager in the entertainment business. Things that I have learned:
- Planning a project prior to executing – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Most things can be handled with the rigor of a project.
- Managing scope – with every change there could be a cost; monetary, time, other potential risks added.
- Establishing and managing budgets – working with resources to obtain estimates, securing funding, and watching the burn/spend. My experience to date is the management of $1.2 million dollar project budget.
- Establishing a timeline and setting dependencies – if one task slips there could be various downstream impacts. You have to know your schedule inside and out!
- Managing stakeholder expectations – constant, clear, and concise communication to include the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- Negotiation skills – working with stakeholders to obtain buy in on; scope, schedule, resources, estimates, and deliverables.
- Meeting facilitation – prior to becoming a project manager I had no experience with running a meeting. What did I know about setting an agenda, sticking to the objective of the meeting, or determine/meeting the desired outcomes.
- Researching – well I have always loved to research, but being a project manager you have to research to make sure you aren’t duplicating efforts or if there is information that can be leveraged.
- Managing resource – in my company, project resources have a direct manager and a project manager. The project manager does not have the ability to discipline a resource but has input into the performance evaluations. My project team loves working with me (so I think – lol).
- Logistics – equipment procurement, vendor management.
- Presentation development – I have had to present project status to company executives. This experience enlightened me that you have to tailor the message to the audience. I am a very detailed person, so this was a challenge.
- Risk and Issue Management – not managing these two areas can be very costly to any project.
So what did I learn today? I learned that I have gained invaluable management and business knowledge and skills. I learned that everything happens for a reason because I did not apply for a project management position – it was a transition. I learned that everything is in Gods time not mine because I’ve always wanted to working in the music industry. I learned to always be thankful (well I am always thankful). I learned that I am exactly where I should be. I learned that I am not the same person that I was 8 years ago.
Hope you take away something from this post because it is not meant to be my resume. Sometime when we are in a situation we cannot see the good or the lesson. Review your situation and see what you can learn today.