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Project management

Ten things I wish people had told me

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Rhona
3 February 2016

Just before I came back from my holidays I was working out how long I’ve been in the workforce. After I’d got back up off the floor I fell to when I realised it’s been 18 years since I graduated university, I looked back on those first few project jobs and thought of some things I wish people had told me at the time. Here’s a list of the top 10:

  1. You will fail and that’s OK
  2. Not everyone is going to support your project
  3. Managing a project isn’t as easy as it looks
  4. You’ll spend most of your time in meetings
  5. Motivating staff is hard; but motivating yourself is harder
  6. Managing stakeholders is like herding cats
  7. Sometimes office politics win and you lose
  8. You can’t be liked by everyone
  9. You’ll be judged on more than just your job performance
  10. If someone gossips with you, they’ll more than likely be gossiping about you

Not to say that I would have listened, of course. After all, I was in my early twenties and ruled the world!

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Written by Rhona Aylward
Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.

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