What Does It Mean To Be Transparent as a Project Manager?

Not so long ago, I was walking in a resort area and came across a candy store that had a glass window to the outside. You could look in this glass window from the sidewalk and watch the people behind that window making the candy. This means that you saw the good, the bad, and the ugly about what was going on. Talk about pressure in doing your job! These people knew that everyone was watching them, they knew they couldn’t hide behind their mistakes, and they knew that they had to perform. If they made a mistake, they fixed it in front of everyone. This was the ultimate in being transparent in your job.

Being a PMP Project Manager is very similar. You may not be standing behind a glass window with everyone looking in, but you are extremely visible in your position. So visible, in fact, that depending upon the organization that you work for, many times the pulse of the business can be measured through your weekly project reports or PMO meeting.

What can you do as a Project Manager to maintain and maximize your transparency? Here are 3 things to consider:

  1. Always Be on Your A-Game:  You never know who is watching. That’s why it’s called PMP certification – Project Management Professional. We need to stress the professional part of that. This means that at all times you need to apply your knowledge, your experience, and your ethics in delivering whatever project you are implementing.
  2. Power through Mistakes: You will make mistakes. Your team will make mistakes. You can’t hide them, just acknowledge it, fix them, and move on.
  3. Enjoy yourself: I can guarantee you that the candy maker probably tries some of his work every now and then. It’s OK to have fun. Have camaraderie with your team. Blow off some steam every now and then. You’ve got to like what you do, especially if you are going to be performing in front of so many people.

Those are some of the things that you can do to be transparent as a project manager. What have you found to be effective in being so visible in front of others?


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