Eyad Saadeh is a member of the ProjectManagers.Org community. He shares his story on why he became a Consulting Project Manager in the following interview:
Why did you become a Consulting Project Manager?
Based on my organization need, at that time we finished developing a major product for the origination, the needs moved toward implementation and improvement projects.
What work were you doing previously?
Application development and business analysis.
What are you doing now?
I owned my own project management consultation and training company based in Saudi Arabia.
When was the moment you decided to make the change?
As a project manager within my organization, it was a normal and logical promotion based on the need for that position and my capabilities.
As a business owner, I targeted a date and decided that no more now to work to others, I should start building my own future.
Are you happy with the change?
Absolutely Yes, gained huge management experience, understand human diversity and culture differences, worked in more than 18 cities.
What do you miss and what don’t you miss?
I missed the technical work like most of IT people.
How did you go about making this career move?
During that time my organization use the “one-man-show” approach, during my business analysis and development job, I did many project management tasks, the movement was very smooth and logical.
What didn’t go well? What ‘wrong turns’ did you take?
Due to the lack of training, I took wrong decisions, adopted inappropriate approaches, used useless techniques and tools.
How did you handle your finances to make your change possible?
This done and handled by my organization, I didn’t face a problem in that.
What was the most difficult thing about changing?
Facing new challenges, working in different environments, taking the responsibility of your decisions
What were other difficulties and how did you overcome them?
I faced many technical, organizational, cultural, and political difficulties, I relied on my flexibility and ability to learn, change and adapt.
What help did you get?
My organization support me only in finance and logistics part and leave the rest on my shoulders.
What have you learnt in the process?
I faced Almost, every type of difficulties, working in different environment from Libya to Egypt, Syria, Yemen, GCC, Iran, Pakistan, and others countries. This help me to master many managerial, technical, and human skills.
What do you wish you’d done differently?
Two major projects I did them long time ago in Libya and Bahrain using waterfall approach, we faced many problems, I wish I can return back to the past and implement them again using Agile approach.
What would you advise others to do in the same situation?
You should take the responsibility of your continuous personal development. Learn, read, follow-up, educate yourself don’t relies on other to do that for you.
Persistence, dedication, and patient are a very important characters for the project manager.