It has been asserted, or alleged that ... a project manager is someone who does precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge. A project manager is also sometimes called:
- a magician
- a miracle worker
If one does not, or cannot, agree with this somewhat sarcastic definition, then one can see that a project manager usually does not do precision work, that other people's data are often uncertain and therefore not reliable, and that there are many factors outside the control of the project manager which influence how a project unfolds, gets completed, and delivers a low-quality, medium-quality, or high-quality product, service, or other result which is aligned, or is not aligned with the effective and approved strategies, goals, plans and programs of an organization, and which provides real value and benefits, not mediocre value and small benefits, to the real end users of the project.
What is perhaps of the utmost importance to the sponsor, customer and/or end user of the project, is whether or not the project sponsor, project manager, project team and any other persons working on, with, or influencing the project, are in fact qualified to do their work and who actually do positively contribute to the project, both in a technical and an administrative sense, but also as a ethical person and as a person who is constructive and not destructive.
To do a good job, a project manager should understand his project job so that no part of it confuses him and so that he can control anything with which he is connected in that job. He or she must also be willing to be controlled by supervisors without becoming upset or unstable. He or she should have a calmness of mind concerning what he or she is doing.