One of the concerns we hear most often from project leaders is that they don't really have the authority to make anything happen on their projects, often because they don't have the title they need. Yes, titular authority can be important. In some organizations, we acknowledge, it's paramount, but these are thankfully few and far between. Most of the time what really matters is your influence: Your ability to lead the team, manage the work, and help the organization get important things done. |
This week, Geof Lory makes that point very well while weighing in on the Project Manager/ScrumMaster confusion. We've got some supplementary resources to help you make the most of your role, whatever your title may be.
Project Manager or ScrumMaster?
by Geof Lory
A "role" is a description of what a person does, or a collection of the functions performed. A "title" is a convenient organizational name for a person who typically performs a certain set of functions. Job descriptions bundle those functions and put a label on them called a title.
Are you a Project Manager or a ScrumMaster? Does it matter? »
It's Not About Authority
Yes, the title is nice. In a few organizations it may even be necessary. But as a project leader, you should really be concerned about influence. These resources can help.
What's Your Influence Factor As a Project Manager?
Stop worrying about "responsibility with no authority." Here's a different way to think about your project leadership position, as explained by Cinda Voegtli.
The Business-Savvy Project Manager's Leadership Role and Key Project Responsibilities – MEMBER
An overview of the role of a "business-savvy" project manager's mindset and responsibilities - PMs who lead their teams relentlessly toward the business results a project is meant to achieve. Understand the critical value you can bring to projects and get ideas for developing new skills and mindsets for new career options.
Speaking Up – How to Make Your Case – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until April 6, 2017
Speaking up is a key leadership skill, whether or not you're officially the team leader. This guideline can help you make your case more effectively when you see ways your team could improve the project or work together better.
Wake Up! Three Ways to Improve Your Influence As a (Project) Leader
Would it be handy to have a greater ability to influence others, regardless of the authority vested in you by your current role? Sinikka Waugh has three quick ways you can start.
Managing a Project When You Lack Authority
If you're struggling to change your approach to leading projects without a title, Margaret DeHaan offers a suggestion to help you "repackage the message" and sell your project needs.
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