This month I’m talking to Project Coordinators and their line managers. Are you able to make the jump? There is a clear gap between the role of Project Coordinator and Project Manager; responsibility. If the project fails, we look to the Project Manager; they are responsible.

The Coordinator may have used all the tools; built & maintained the schedule, managed the RAID log, chased signatures for Change Requests, but is ultimately not responsibility for delivery.

If you are ready to make the jump, can you see an opportunity in your organisation to take on some project responsibility. Perhaps start with responsibility for a deliverable, a work package or sub-project. It is important to plan your own career and to seek greater responsibilities that are appropriate to your experience and knowledge.

If you cannot see an opportunity with your current employer to make this jump, then perhaps it’s time to make a different type of jump to an organisation that can offer this development.

I spoke to several Project Coordinators at recent APM events who are facing this very challenge. They have solid APM qualifications and are ready to take on the challenge of project management, but are frustrated by the lack of opportunity within their current organisations.

Another option can be a sideways move into the PMO. In the right PMO this can be an excellent opportunity to gain much more exposure of a wider range of projects. If you are a line manager, think about how you can develop your Project Coordinators and if you are a Project Coordinator, think about how you are going to make that jump!

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