Project Management

How on earth has an artist turned into a project manager?  Well, it seems that I was always both, never mind always being a theologian.  Eons ago, when I designed ballet costumes for the Northern Virginia Ballet Theatre, I used to create production schedules, listing all the things across timelines to deliver costumes.  I can’t recall when I learned that this was called a Gantt chart, but I was certainly well into them by the time I project managed the Oxford Healthy Living Centre from idea to opening when I was a minister in Cowley.  To me, good people care is good project management.  People want to know how to deliver their good ideas and they want to know where they fit in the process.

I’ve learned project management informally and formally, in various courses and degrees, but mostly from ages of chairing, organising, planning and delivering.  I’ve accumulated well over twenty years of managing social benefit projects in churches, local communities, local authorities, and national organisations.  I’ve been teaching the Directory of Social Change practical project management course for 10 years and learned from literally hundreds of people as they face what often feels overwhelming.  How on earth do we manage on a shoestring and change lives?

To me, project  management is a head and a heart thing, putting passion in a structure which helps heads to focus. It meets the need to clarify tasks for smart working and to demonstrate change, whilst supporting decision makers, workers and beneficiaries in the process. My management is third sector, not corporate.  My passion is to help people change their own lives and communities.  If you want to see a really happy Elizabeth, come to me with a change project, tell me what you want to do, and let me open Excel...

Project Management
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