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One of the problems I have seen and even experienced in my own company at times was what I called “Accidental Project Manager Syndrome”. It is believed to have originated from the real-world scenario where individuals find themselves managing projects without having pursued formal training or education in skill or trade of PROJECT MANAGEMENT itself. I first heard it coined where in the IT world author Patricia Ensworth wrote a book entitled The Accidental Project Manager: Surviving the Transition from Techie to Manager but I saw it also happen all the time in the building and remodeling world.

How often have we seen a company promote their most talented and skilled carpenter into project management only to find they really really weren’t cut out for or trained for that kind of position. I know I did that once decades ago when I took one of the talented carpenters I have ever met and made him a Project Manager only to find:

• What he really loved was carpentry and being a master artisan carpenter.

• He had no idea what kinds of project management tools and techniques were out there him to apply if he had the training in Project Management

• and he didn’t really have the temperament for being a Project Manager

Well today in the never ending project of cleaning up and cleaning out old office files I found a print out of this PDF I had highlighted and notated years ago.

Dominant Personality Traits Suited to Running Projects Successfully (And What Type are You?) (PDF)

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J. Jerrald Hayes
Primus Inter Pares at Paradigm Projects, Ltd.
I am an architectural woodworker and general contractor turned IT, Business and Project Management consultant, software developer wannabe senior division triathlete and ski racer, Yankee fan and founder of, 360 Difference, and now too.
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