5 Top Reasons Why I Want That Project

I have generally worked in professional services organizations where resources are managed and assigned to projects by some ‘gatekeepers’ who are keeping track of their availability and project utilization rates. Similar gatekeepers are also managing the overall project portfolio…prioritizing projects and assigning them to project managers based on areas of experience and availability to take on new engagements.

Therefore, staking a claim to an upcoming project isn’t usually an option for me as a PM, but it is as a consultant. As a PM, I’ve usually found out about what new projects are available only as they were being assigned to individual project managers. One time I knew a project for Disney was coming up and I said that I would like to have that one – but so did everyone else in the organization and I think that ultimately the deal never closed on that one anyway.

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