Growing up in the 60’s & 70’s during the glory days of NASA and its space programs, I loved all SciFi books and movies. I’m more of a Trekkie than a Star Wars fan…but I confess to watching the first Star Wars movie over 14 times in my junior year of High School.
Nearly every SciFi book and movie has an encounter with a Black Hole – a “warp in the space and time continuum”. Essentially, a Black hole is a collapsed star with such high density that its gravitational field pulls every nearby object into itself.
I find that projects seem to have a similar Black Hole effect. I feel as though the thousands and thousands of details swarming around me seem to pull me into their grasp. I can’t escape the constant questions…the hourly discoveries of new conflicts and problems to be resolved…and the tension over where to spend my time.
A great Project Manager should be in the details. We should have a clear sense of “who is responsible for what”. It’s our job to know if others are on schedule and under budget. We should be able to clear up the confusion…to bring order to the chaos. It is our role in the project to coordinate and prevent collisions. We insure that there are no dropped balls along the way.
However…there are limits to how far I can get lost in the details. I can’t allow myself to get pulled completely into the Black Hole. I have to keep my eye on the overall project goals and objectives. I have to stay alert on the biggest obstacles that put my project at risk. And that is why its taken me all day to write this post…(smile).
Thanks for listening.