Stepping Up

Managing a Project with Volunteers Requires Heavy Motivational Skills; the Rewards Are Well Worth It

Professionally, I manage infrastructure projects in an IT environment. Outside my job, I'm responsible for the operations of an annual three-day international festival that draws about 13,000 visitors: the Scottish Weekend in Alden Biesen, Belgium. Together with the technical board and about 400 volunteers, we set up, run and clean up after the festival. I work as a volunteer, with other volunteers, and I have learned this type of event requires a completely different project management approach than my day job.
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