Advice for Junior PMs – #1 – Say what you mean

Have you tried to move the needle eight days a week without being struck by analysis paralysis?  I have.

It’s not uncommon for certain professions to use certain turns of phrase, but it often doesn’t help non-professionals understand what you mean.  To wit, translating a “come to Jesus moment” from English to Spanish and back results in “Jesus time reached“.

Some PM terms will be legitimate (especially PMIisms).  However, a mature project manager does not try to obfuscate what they really mean with a colloquial turn of phrase (see what I did there?).

A mature project manager says what they mean.

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At your next team meeting, invite your team to play PM Lingo Bingo. The winner doesn’t have to submit their TPS report for the week.

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About Jason H Zalmanowitz
I am a nerdy Management Consultant / Project Manager with a MBA, have spent the majority of my career working for consulting firms in Calgary, and I race in triathlons because of (and thanks to) my wife. As a Project Manager, I have managed field implementations, strategy development projects, software development projects, and hardware implementation projects. As a consultant, I have helped companies articulate how and why they are going to implement and interact with sustaining technology to support their business.

4 Responses to Advice for Junior PMs – #1 – Say what you mean

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  3. Hope Bruce says:

    This is a great article and something in all professions should consider! Thanks for posting it Jason.

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