19 September 2018
Software house can be compared to the machine in the factory. Imagine a massive engine which instead of steel, is made out of people. Such a machine requires all kinds of cogwheels working simultaneously in order to function properly. When one part is broken or missing, the functioning of the machine fails or the device stops working at all. One indispensable type of cogwheel in software development companies is Project Manager.
The work of the Project Manager is hard to standardize, define or put a strict label on it. Every project is different and requires exceptional approach towards it. Of course, there are patterns, tools and techniques which can be used successively by PMs. We can find courses, webinars and books elaborating on the topic of project management. However, the most vital aspect which changes with every project are people. The development team is usually the same.
PMs should know their team, because this factor enables them to assign appropriate people for projects. It is important to have a good rapport between developer and manager to make a project successful.
Clients, product owners, second-party PMs and agents are individual entities who don’t think alike and act alike. The approach towards the clients should be adapted to their personas. Equality is trending right now, but when it comes to clients, we have to learn to be flexible. Certain behaviors and patterns ( meeting schedules, reports, management approach, exchange of messages) which worked with one client wouldn’t work with another. A good PM should follow worked-out models in order to lead the client ( it is a common practice that the client doesn’t know how the project should be managed and needs a PM who will be a good guidance through the process).
As 180 Creative we are very lucky to have two great Project Managers on board. Wiktoria and Kacper are experienced PMs who know what they are doing, and if they don’t, they won’t let you know. These people show extreme passion and motivation towards their everyday work even if it means sacrificing their free time.
Wiktoria graduated from University of Economics. She studied Logistics and Human Resources Management. During her studies she dedicated her free time to work in the HR departments and to practice volleyball in Tychy Volleyball Club. She loves travelling, a good piece of cake and her rabbit. As of now, Wiktoria manages five projects, each of which is developed in different technologies.
Wiktoria says that, “180 Creative are people. The biggest advantage of our company is the team which I have pleasure to work with. Young, creative and passionate people create a friendly atmosphere. Every day I come to the office with a smile on my face.”
Kacper, our second PM, is a master of hopeless cases. He can turn every failure into a success and he always carries the ball to the end. Helpful and engaged are the adjectives which describe Kacper the most. He has a BA in IT and start MA studies in October. Thanks to his vast knowledge in IT area, he is of assistance to our programmers. He’s full of ideas which are later visible in the projects. He speaks English fluently, what makes him an advantage when it comes to managing foreign clients.
Kacper loves all kinds of sports, but his favorite one is football. The male part of our company, with Kacper at the front, organizes ‘Football tournaments’ during the breaks, when they are able to relax and get some physical activity.
Kacper claims that the effective PM should have a good relationship with his team. Without them, the position of PM wouldn’t exist after all. PM’s role is to support the team and its development, to solve the problems and disputes and at the same time to control whether everything goes according to the plan. Beside knowing the available programs and tools, a good PM should know the industry and its trends. The knowledge in the UX/UI area and the experience in working with people would be beneficial.
“Even though the projects are challenging and the clients give me a hard time sometimes, working as a PM gives me much joy and satisfaction. Every project encourages me to grow and broaden my horizons in various areas of expertise and in everyday life.”
Every Monday, Wiktoria and Kacper hold weekly assessment meetings with programmers. Together, they talk through the previous week’s successes and failures and build the plan for the next week. They put attention to every speck of every project, divide tasks between appropriate developers and motivate their teams to work effectively every day. Without those two people, 180 Creative would be incomplete.