Chris is a freelance technical project manager living in Brooklyn, NY. I manage projects remotely for clients around the world. I write about technical project management in the freelance economy and the future of work.
Thoughts on Technical Project Management in the Freelance Economy and the Future of Work
Comparing Project to Product Manager Roles is Like Comparing Apples to Apples
I've managed projects and products. I don't see a big difference between the two roles, if you view a product as a project. Then again, I believe project management should keep things simple.
I believe these two roles and their definitions get too complicated. Viewing a product as a project keeps things simple. Project management should aim to keep things simple. That's why I favor a simple definitions and simple approaches.
Let's start with some simple definitions.
A project is a set of defined tasks executed to achieve a desired outcome.
Project management is defining those tasks, leading their execution and delivering the desired outcome.
Yes, sh*t hits the fan!
Yes, in practice, sh*t hits the fan along the way.
I find setting a simple starting point sets a clear intention for a project. A a clear intention grounds the project. Keeping the project grounded helps focus it.
Keeping a project focused helps -
-Limit the amount of sh*t that hits the fan
-Bring the project back on track once the sh*t hits the fan
Viewing everything from a project perspective keeps things simple. If you view everything from a project perspective then -
-A product is a type of project
-A program is a collection projects or
-A program is a collection of products, since a product is a project
So along these lines -
A project manager is a project manager. A project manager may manage a project, program or product.
A product manager is project manager. A product manager manages a product as their project.
That's my simple view of things.
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