Why is a conductor of an orchestra an appropriate metaphor for being a project manager? What aspects of project managing are not reflected by this metaphor? Can you think of other metaphors that would be appropriate?
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In order to complete the goals of the conductor of the orchestra and the project manager, both have to gather and integrate their people into one 'symphony'. The conductor does not need to learn about how to play the flute, violin, drums, etc. as good as his members/musicians. Likewise, the project manager need not possess the in-depth knowledge of the skills of his members. Both of the conductor and project manager need to facilitate the work and their members. The project manager ensures that the project is done in accordance to the schedule. He manages the timing not only of deadlines but also of the people, resources, and processes while ...
The reasons why a conductor of an orchestra is an appropriate metaphor for being a project manager. References are included.