What's the point of Project Managers? Watch this surprising video!
Everybody thinks they can be a project manager. Decorating a room, building a shed, organising a party or our wedding we have all been in involved in some sort of project, and lets face it we all managed to get it done. The question is did it get done on time, on scope and on budget? Is your relationship still intact? Does your heart race just thinking about it?
Some projects are too big and too complex to do yourself. In this example the house build went over budget and over time because of the lack of experience of the owner and her refusal to accept the architect's recommendation to employ a project manager.
The video footage is taken from a Grand Designs episode that beautifully illustrates why professional Project Managers are important on any project.
Video transcript - Build your own house - why use a project manager
Kevin McCloud, Presenter: This is a very ambitious and delicate project. One that would daunt the most experienced of builders. But not Jane, even though she has never done anything like this before, she is taking on a large part of the work herself.
Kevin: You decided also not to take on a professional project manager. What do you think now? Do you think that it was the right thing to do?
Jane: what? self project manage?
Kevin: yeah, yeah
Jane: yes, if you are spending your own money you can only blame yourself
Kevin: Is your Client um happy with the overspend?
Jane: I am sure he is not, I am sure he is not, and if you asked him he will say 'no he didn't want to spend his savings on on overspend and stupid things', but you see once you are in it, it's like riding the tiger, you've got to ride the tiger, what you gonna do stop?