I recently listed to a few webinars online that was about managing projects. Based on the title, I had expected something very different from the actual content that was given. The content of the webinar focused on managing time, getting organized, and managing your overall effectiveness. While the webinar did refer to Pert and Gnatt charts – they used them as a way of seeing your own personal schedule and obligations, not necessarily as a project tool. I thought that it was an interesting point of view.
I started viewing shows as projects prior to going to grad school and prior to obtaining any professional training in project management. Projects include many different things – many things that we all do regularly – even planning a vacation could be defined as a project. I think that when a show is defined as a project it is subtly handled differently than when it isn’t. Seeing project management tools applied to time management reminds me of how versatile PM tools really are.