That was my first true project management experience. It’s in my nature
to organize things. I’m a problem solver.
At the moment, I’m the content project manager for the National
Museum of Australia. The museum itself is evolving how they do project
management. Whereas before they would have a team of project managers working at a distance with curators, I’m actually embedded with
them. It’s the first time a project manager has been embedded with a
curatorial team here.
The difference between a curator and myself is: I’m not wedded to the
story. A curator gets really deep into the content. I don’t. I sit above it. My end
goal is delivering what we have to accomplish by the agreed date, mitigating
the risk associated with that and managing stakeholders’ expectations.
In cultural institutions, you can’t be a rigid project manager. You’ve got
to be flexible because you are working with very intelligent, creative, passionate people with great ideas. Rather than dismissing them, I allow them
to develop. So if it is a good idea, we don’t miss out, and the end product
is much better for it.”
“In cultural institutions,
you can’t be a rigid
You’ve got to be
flexible because you
are working with very
passionate people with