Project managers are usually permanent employees who know the company policies, procedures and operations very well. While this is needed for many projects, there are times when a good temporary project manager is a better solution.
This is particularly true with short-term projects during very busy times. You may be able to assign your current employees tasks on the project, but project managers need to focus on a single project to succeed. Ultimately, you’ll need a temporary project manager for those one-off projects that occasionally arise.
Apart from resource issues, there are several other benefits of hiring a temporary project manager.
Focus On The Project
No matter how good your permanent project managers are, there will always be things that distract them. Clients, customers and other employees are likely to have questions about other completed projects and they’ll be consulted for upcoming projects by other staff members.
Your temporary project manager does not have these distractions. With a temporary project management, the focus is on your project, and only the project. This means they’ll be able to get more done in a shorter amount of time.
An Outside Perspective
It’s easy to miss obvious solutions or be complacent with working around something when you’re accustomed to it. A temporary project manager can join the project and offer an entirely new perspective. This can be very beneficial as they may find solutions to issues that others simply accept as something to work around.
Wealth Of Additional Knowledge
In addition to an outsider perspective, a temporary project manager can have a wealth of additional knowledge to help with your short-term project. They may have encountered similar issues on their projects and already know how to work through them. If a common problem comes up, they can get assistance from the current managers. When a unique problem arises, they may also have a better solution.
Select Skills For Getting The Job Done
As good as your project managers are, a temporary project manager comes with a different set of skills. They’re accustomed to not only getting the job done, but they’re used to getting it done as quickly as possible. Temporary project managers are accustomed to working on short-term projects, they know how to get the project up and running smoothly more so than managers who are accustomed to having more time.
They also know what works and what doesn’t in early project phases and can quickly adjust project needs based on their knowledge of short-term projects. You’ll likely find temporary project managers very flexible, making it easy to navigate common project problems.
Defined Time Frame For Employment
One of the biggest problems with short-term projects is your two choices. You must either make your current project managers divide their current projects with the short-term one or you must hire a new manager knowing that you will not have adequate work after the project is finished.
A temporary project manager is the perfect solution because you don’t have to worry about their status once they finish the project. They understand that they’re only there for a short period of time. Once the project is completed, they’ll move on to something else, somewhere else. With the project timeline and expectations clearly stated from the beginning, there’s no question about what’s coming up next.
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