3 Similarities Between The PM and Orchestra Leader
LAST UPDATED ON: 27TH AUGUST, 2019
There are many that perform the role of a PM in their given profession or vocation but they do not know they are doing such. In this article, I want to present a simple analogy by presenting the similarities between an Orchestra leader a large orchestra and a Project who wants to lead his team members for a successful outcome.
#1 membership and roles
Looking at a large orchestra and PM having a team, they seem to be having some things in common. In a large orchestra, we have team members playing different roles when we have multi-disciplinary team members in a project.
A large Orchestra may have different musicians who can play different types of instruments. Each of them controlled by a conductor who may not know how to play some of the instruments. Some of the instruments they are to play might include strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion among others.
So also, in a project may have more than one hundred members who perform different roles from initiating to the closing of the project. The team members represent different groups and departments in the organisation.
#2 Responsibility for team
Just like the Orchestra coordinator, the Project Manager is also responsible for whatever outcome his team members produce. The two leaders need to look at the dimensions of their team members will produce. The two leaders need to review the business goals of their organisation and make sure that the project aligns with the mission and the vision statement of the organisation. Just like the Orchestra leader, the ability of the Project Manager to interpret his role will determine whether he will succeed or not.
#3 Knowledge and skills
Just like the Project manager, the Orchestra Coordinator is not expected to know how to play all instruments. He just needs to have music knowledge and experience. The Conductor just needs to provide leadership, planning and coordination through effective communication.
The Conductor at times communicates at times with the team by using a baton or other body instruments.
Above all, the Project Manager is not expected to perform every role in a project. He is expected to have project management skills and be versatile in the process groups. He needs to have the technical knowledge, understanding and experience to lead the project to a successful outcome. The Project above all needs to communicate with his team members. He can do this through memo and updates on project status to team members.
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