Cat or how to explain to friends who is project manager
It is believed that cats have 9 lives. And a lot of us, those who have will, feelings, intellect, who are on the highest stage of evolution, would gladly change places with them.
It’s cool to be a cat!Every project is a small life with feelings and emotions, efforts and work, time and money behind them. Click To Tweet
Modern cats hunting mice no more, they’re eating even better than some people I know. They travel around the world with their owners. They wear branded clothes and even have their own blogs, which generate more profit than the most of my friends earn at their regular jobs.
I am often asked about my work, what exactly am I doing at my current job position. And when I’m starting to explain, somewhere between the beginning and the middle of my story about schedules and scopes, documentation and specifications, builds and releases, they get bored and regret starting this conversation at all. And it’s weird, ‘cause I’m not the worst talker, I hope.
Sure, I understand that for people who don’t live in it and not doing it, project management may appear to be boring, but I truly can’t understand why, because it is, actually, the interesting thing.
I am cat.
So, after few unsuccessful attempts to earn a true interest of my friends with the story about my interesting job, on question what is my current job position, I answer simply and succinctly – “A cat!”, with a “Meow!” at the end, just for an effect. Believe me, they love to hear that. Their eyes light up, I can read “Whaaaat?” on their faces.
But it’s true. I’m not catching mice, I’m eating well, I’m even travelling from time to time. I’ve recently started blogging and, like any cat, sometimes want to state – “My owner is an idiot” (projects may be different, you know). But the cherry on the top of this cake is definitely part about 9 lives. But actually more than just 9, ‘cause my approach to project management is: Every project is a small life.
A deal with the devil is a failure.
Imagine that you gave your soul to the devil in exchange for the opportunity to live the dozens, the hundreds of lives. How many things can you try!? How many different approaches to each of your lives can you apply? It’s just great! Well, if do not take into account the fact that any deal with the devil is a failure for which you will be forced to pay a terrible price eventually.
But hey, here’s another advantage of project management – no deals with the devil! All of these lives are given for free, with the only condition – to treat them seriously. To live every single one as if it’s your last.
Behind projects are people.
Although there are many of the projects, behind all of them are feelings and emotions, efforts and work, time and money. But the most important – behind all of them are people. Everything in life is made by people and for people. Projects are not exception. Therefore, every project should be taken as a small life rather than sequence steps of their execution.