Elita: A day in the life of a project manager

Elita: A day in the life of a project manager

Great Project Manager Metaphors:

  • EMT: Manages chaos, triages tasks, develops and participates in action plans.
  • Ninja: Influences others subtly and avoids overt actions that could be poorly received.
  • Jazz Musician: Keeps a steady beat and ensures the team works in harmony.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Communicates with a variety of stakeholders, including engineers, product managers, and sales teams.
  • Updates key stakeholders on strategy and status.
  • Organizes tasks using lists (post-it notes, electronic lists, email lists) to manage time effectively.
  • Holds stand-up meetings to track daily progress and address issues.

Key Skills:

  • Organization: Keeps team actions and thinking organized.
  • Bias to Action: Makes decisions to move projects forward.
  • Resilience: Adapts and learns from mistakes, remaining flexible to new information.

Daily Workflow:

  • Uses lists to prioritize daily tasks and budget time.
  • Holds morning stand-ups to review previous day’s progress and set the day’s agenda.
  • Checks in at lunch to ensure tasks are on track and address any technical issues.

Elita’s Attributes:

  • Action-Oriented: Makes decisions to prevent stagnation.
  • Resilient: Learns from mistakes and adapts to new information.