Well, we made it to 2013 and we are all still here. We’ve survived many predictions that the world will end, the most recent being in December 2012. Sure there are many things that could cause the world to end: a giant meteor hitting Earth, a worldwide technological crash, and even a zombie apocalypse. In fact, seldom of us actually think that the world would end if we didn’t do our jobs. But this isn’t necessarily true. It’s safe to say that the world could in fact end without project management.
Project management is still a relatively new concept; it has quickly become an essential role in many startups and organizations. Regardless of organization type–whether for profit or nonprofit–or industry, project management is where it’s at today. Therefore, the need for a full time project manager at the forefront of every project is more important now than ever.
Many organizations are instituting and creating project management roles, especially when most teams work off site and a lot of the project tasks and production and manufacturing is outsourced. Project management saves company time, money, equipment, and even office space. In fact, most project management roles function off site altogether, especially with the convenience and flexibility of technology, mobile devices, and cloud software.
Furthermore, while companies are functioning more efficiently and capitalizing on these money-saving tactics and opportunities, they are also taking a lot of risk in investing their time and resources in one contact person for each project. The project manager fields communication to and from the customer, disperses it to the field, documents all specifications, drafts and tracks schedules, monitors budgets, and is responsible for maintaining and meeting deadlines as well as the project’s overall quality, performance, and success. Project managers do it all.
Sometimes we ponder about how we would make it through the day, week, or life without a specific item. This could be your iPod, planner, or maybe your Smartphone. But what would happen if project managers were to drop off the face of the earth tomorrow, or all go on strike? Organizations would stop functioning and producing and ultimately fail, market shares would be sold at an unbelievable rate, causing the stock market to crash, sending what’s left of the country’s economy into a downward spiral, resulting in further job loss, and everything, including technology, would crash. The world as we know it would come to a screeching and dead halt.
In addition to project management being an essential and powerful role, it’s also directly tied to creativity and innovation as project management often serves as crucial product development in order to stay ahead in today’s competitive market. So on the up side, project management is crucial for overall organizational success, growth, and development.
Finally, one can clearly see how important project management really is to organizations, and, well, the world. While most of us joke about our jobs, particularly project managers who often claim that we have all the responsibility but none of the power, we really don’t think about what would happen if an entire staff were to just up and quit, or “get hit by the proverbial bus”. Project management is certainly a crucial role that involves multiple responsibilities, multiple skills, and could really cripple an organization if it were to fail. It’s safe to say that without project management, the world really could end.