The Accidental Project Manager

by Margaret

Josh Nankivel who created the pmStudent community that we all now enjoy, was an accidental project manager.

Well me too! And maybe you as well.

Apparently it is not all that unusual that some of us stumbled upon project management

In fact last week I was on the phone with a client (he was learning about how to become a project manager) and he stated, ”It seems like so many of you somehow just turned into project managers because that is what your employer needed you to do.”

Now we did not all get here by accident. Many of you found out about project management and made it part of your career plan.

You did not find out your job title when someone pointed at you in a meeting and said:
“Well, YOU ARE the project manager.”

That is how I learned my title. (Click here to watch the video and as I share my story with you.)

Fast forward to today – I have been in project management since 1997. I have been a program manager and even briefly managed a PMO (Program Management Office). Now it is my joy to support you as you manage projects. To be your resource and your coach and your instructor.

I am no longer an accidental project manager. Today I am a purposeful supporter of project managers. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your world.

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Josh March 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thank you for sharing this Margaret!

I wasn’t told, but in 2004 or so I had been laid off and was pondering my career and doing a lot of reading. That’s when I discovered this thing called ‘project management’ and realized that I had been doing it off and on for at least 6 years prior to that point. (I’m a slow learner :-)


admin March 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Ahh… well maybe they did not tell you because they really did not know either!


Lucy April 18, 2013 at 4:55 am

HI Margaret,

I think you raiseed quite an interesting point there… its something that they might have not known about either. I think your right, i don’t think it is a term that has been used to define someones job role for that long. I think people were referred to more as a team leader, which certainly doesn’t sound like a proper job title now does it? ;)


admin April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Exactly and as you know – I was definitely confused. The good news was I only had ‘upward’ to go and I did learn!


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