Projects at Galois are most commonly led in a partnership between a Project Lead (PL) and a Principal Investigator, who writes the original technical proposal for the project and serves as technical lead. The PL’s part of this picture is to ensure the project delivers value to the client on time, on budget, and according to plan.
Further, Galois PLs recognize that a healthy team is critical to project success. They serve team members by:
Each of our many projects is unique, so rather than looking for one-size-fits-all standardized solutions, each Project Lead operates from first principles to find the unique approach to leading that project. There is no PMO telling you what to do or how to do it. Our PLs have freedom of choice, working with their team to find the best practices for the project, team, and client’s needs. This gives PLs the opportunity to solve problems creatively, choosing between tradeoffs to find the optimal strategy.
Galois PLs are never in a situation where they are accountable for something without having all the authority that is needed to succeed.
PLs have responsibility for all aspects of their project’s success, including staffing, planning and tracking, task delegation, full project budgeting, and team health. Galois PLs are never in a situation where they are accountable for something without having all the authority that is needed to succeed. In other words, there is no one making promises for you that you have to keep.
But PLs are not left out on their own to sink or swim, either. They have resources to draw on – from an actively supportive group of peers, from customers, and from our library of tried-and-true approaches that can be adapted to meet their project’s needs.
There are ample opportunities for professional growth at Galois. Within the PL role, the wide variety of projects available gives one the chance to learn about a wide variety of technical topics, as well as to exercise and develop a host of leadership skills. PLs also have freedom to pursue additional roles within Galois, including hands on engineering, supporting people in their careers, contributing to culture at Galois, business development, and leadership roles beyond technical projects.
“I can keep learning for the rest of my life here, and that’s incredible.”
There is no corporate ladder to climb at Galois, but instead there are many opportunities to explore, learn, and grow skills in many areas of leadership and team coordination. As one of our PLs says, “I can keep learning for the rest of my life here, and that’s incredible.”
Just what makes work meaningful is individualized, but here are some common themes pointed to by Galois PLs:
For more thoughts on the Project Lead role at Galois, see the Undirector of Engineering article on the Galois website.