Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone by Andy Crowe

By Andy Crowe

Debunking misconceptions surrounding profitable undertaking managers, this resource builds upon a landmark survey of greater than 800 venture managers from around the globe to spotlight the characteristics that cause them to stand out within the minds in their groups, senior managers, buyers, and stakeholders.

Through in-depth interviews and discussions, the typical attributes of those elite undertaking managers—from personality and ideology to organizational approaches—are exposed and aid to give an explanation for their achievements.

Painstakingly researched, this consultant deals key insights by way of delivering a number of views at the personality make-up of the world’s so much profitable undertaking managers.

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The reader will not find any statistics about race, geographical trends, religious affiliation, or political leaning. One of the more glaring omissions from this study was the effect of project management certification on a project manager’s ranking. The reason for this is simple. Nearly 100% of the 860 project managers came from a list of people who had received project management certification training. All of the Alphas had at least one project management certification, but that fact is misleading, since almost all of the other 842 nonAlphas did as well.

Name: Brenda Age: 34 Industry: Beverage Brenda works for a soft drink and beverage company on the East Coast of the United States. Her projects center around collateral products and market studies that take place when a new beverage is introduced. MEET THE ALPHAS Her typical project budgets range from $250,000 to $2,000,000, and because of the impact these projects can have on the company’s bottom line, accurate measurement and reporting is critical to her job. Brenda is a divorced mother of two.

Before exploring the underlying reasons, however, let’s take a look at the survey results for job satisfaction. ” (18 Alphas) (837 non-Alphas) All participants were asked to quantify their response on a scale from 1 to 100. This particular statement was left intentionally vague, not allowing participants to qualify or explain their answers in this round of the survey. On average, Alphas’ support of that statement was over double that of the non-Alpha group. Although this question only captures an attitude at a single point in time, much like a snapshot, it delivered one of the most dramatic differences in responses 52 ALPHA PROJECT MANAGERS between the Alphas and non-Alphas.

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