WHICH TYPE OF PROJECT MANAGER ARE YOU?

Which type of project manager best describes you — are you a prophet, gambler, expert or executor? Take this simple twelve-question quiz to find out which type you are right now.

To get a quick snapshot of which type of project manager you are, you just need to answer the following questions. Here, a number of personal statements is listed that may or may not apply to you. Please choose the answer to each personal statement that best indicates the extent to which you agree or disagree with that personal statement.

(This quiz has been made by the ASaP research group at Copenhagen Business School)


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YOU ARE A PROPHET!

This type of project manager actively pursues business opportunities that lie outside the existing strategic boundaries in an area where it is extremely difficult to obtain trustworthy data concerning the likelihood of success. Hence, the prophet seeks to gain organizational followers for a grand vision of a growth opportunity that is strategically different from the status quo — and without trustworthy quantitative evidence, consequently relying on organizational members making a leap of faith in support of the vision.

A prophet also has the risk of becoming a dreamer: that is, one who only has big dreams without any action.

Read more about the 4 types of project manager here: https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-4-types-of-project-manager


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YOU ARE A GAMBLER!

This type of project manager actively pursues business opportunities that lie within the existing strategic boundaries but have no good business case attached, as trustworthy data concerning the likelihood of success is lacking. Hence, the gambler seeks to gain organizational followers for a big bet on a growth opportunity that is consistent with the current strategy but without trustworthy quantitative evidence. In other words, gamblers play by the rules of the game as they pursue growth opportunities within the existing strategy, but they cannot predict the likelihood of success.

The gambler carries the risk of becoming a daredevil: that is, someone who takes too many and too dangerous risks.

Read more about the 4 types of project manager here: https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-4-types-of-project-manager
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YOU ARE AN EXPERT!

This type of project manager actively pursues business opportunities that lie outside the existing strategic boundaries but for which trustworthy data builds a solid business case. Hence, experts wish to gain organizational followers for a change in action in favor of a growth opportunity that is inconsistent with the current strategy but is supported by solid, trustworthy quantitative evidence. Consequently, experts rely on organizational members actually listening to their advice.

However, an expert runs the risk of becoming a drifter: that is, someone who drifts too far away from the core business.

Read more about the 4 types of project manager here: https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-4-types-of-project-manager
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YOU ARE AN EXECUTOR!

This project manager actively pursues business opportunities that lie within the existing strategic boundaries and have great cases. The executor gains organizational followers for a sure-thing growth opportunity that is consistent with the current strategy and is backed by trustworthy quantitative evidence. In other words, there is no risk, no uncertainty, and no challenge — just a need for execution. Consequently, executors rely on organizational members to follow their rigorous analyses of a strategically embraced project.

However, as an executor you similarly risk becoming a bureaucrat: that is, preoccupied with rules, procedures and regulations.

Read more about the 4 types of project manager here: https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-4-types-of-project-manager
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