The accidental project manager

The project management profession is growing exponentially worldwide, and more and more institutions of higher education are offering courses covering its processes. However, many professionals still find themselves working as project managers without ever having applied for the position. This article discusses the phenomenon of the 'accidental project manager.' It identifies the necessary skills new project managers need to acquire, including how to effectively identify and communicate with sponsors and stakeholders. In addition, the article details the learning process and advises those new to the project manager role to learn from their peers by networking with other project managers. Taking courses on the PMBOK® Guide and Agile project management can be beneficial. When seeking educational opportunities inside the organization, consult the project management office (PMO). Accompanying this article are two side bars: the first one discusses the trend of the accidental project manager, and the second one as
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