Why Project Managers Should Become Legislators

Filed under Grab Bag | Posted by PMStudent

Yep, I’m going to talk about politics. ?But first, an apology.

You may have noticed a dip in posting frequency as of late here on pmStudent.com. ?My sincere apologies for neglecting you, dear readers. ?I have become rather politically active as of late, primarily in relation to my work advocating for children with special needs at ParentInformer.org, SD Special Needs Advocacy,?and volunteer work related. ?The legislative session is underway now in my state, funding cuts in education and services for special needs children have been proposed by our governor, etc.

So my focus over the past 2 weeks especially has been protecting the general education of all children and special educational needs for those kids who require it. ?Especially in this state who is among the lowest ranked in the nation for education funding, teacher salaries, etc. ? Plus with 3 releases going on amongst my project teams at work, I’m burning the candle at both ends and blogging about project management has been squeezed out a bit.

Good Legislators are Good Project Managers

What is it that legislators are supposed to do? ?Really do?

Some people may say they are supposed to pass laws. ?Represent their constituents. Get wined and dined by big business.

I have come to a different conclusion about what makes a good legislator. ?I don’t mean a popular one, but one who truly adds value to the process and the people they represent.

I think their primary role can be summarized in one sentence.

“Solve problems by building consensus, amidst a variety of interests to implement reasonable solutions.”

Sounds like part of the job of a project manager, eh?

Too often, we elect public officials who excel at sales and PR, but utterly fall flat on their faces when it comes to the business of actually doing the job they were elected to do.

So, I’m hereby encouraging all of you great project managers out there to consider running for office. ?We need people who can build consensus and implement reasonable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. ?People who can get things done. ?Good intentions don’t deliver a product, and they don’t make positive legislative change either.