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PROJECT MANAGER RYU KAWAKAMI

川上 竜 RYU KAWAKAMI
INTERVIEW

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PROFILE

2013
Graduated from the Architecture Program in the Graduate School of Engineering of Tokyo City University (formerly Musashi Institute of Technology)
Joined DE-SIGN INC.
川上 竜 RYU KAWAKAMI
When did you first learn about the job of a project manager (PM)?
I was impressed when as a graduate student I came to know a developer and learned that such a job existed. As somebody who loves to talk, I think it must be the perfect vocation for me (laughs)! At that time, instead of diligently seeking a career I just wanted to join a design office like my fellow students, but then I noticed somehow that was not suited to me. But I didn’t know of any other option. While I was completely unsure of what to do, I had a chance to speak with a PM at DE-SIGN INC. who was a former student in my university laboratory. Honestly, the reason I chose to work here was because I wanted to be able to succeed while still in my youth, just like that person had done.
What attracted you to the job of PM?
It’s interesting to be able to interact with management while still in my 20s. I think that contact with the way members of management think and make decisions at this young age is very educational. Also, the opportunity to manage a project that involves 200-300 people is both rare and impressive. I am attracted to this job because instead of simply building the project as instructed, I am involved in all processes from planning through design and construction, from the same stand point as the end client.
川上 竜 RYU KAWAKAMI
Has anything changed between the time you first began PM work and now?
When I first stated this job, I wanted to do everything I could to make the project a success on my own. Even if things didn’t look so good, I would try to push it forward out of the belief that if I did my best then ultimately it would be successful (laughs). It was very different from the kind of PM work I wanted to do. I was not showing my project team the goal and helping them move toward it.
Now, even if the project starts uncertainly with a goal that appears distant, by the time we reach the goal I can see that it has gone along the path I envisioned.
Of the projects you have worked on through now, which made the biggest impression on you?
A project completed last year was a large-scale relocation project like none I’d ever worked on before. The client produces a communication tool that everybody is familiar with, and the project involved so many people that I could not believe it. Since it was such a big project that there was no way I could keep up with it all by myself, no matter how hard I tried, I learned to think deeply about how to handle related parties. That project made a strong impression on me because it helped me to change my own way of working away from just trying to push projects forward by myself alone.
At what times does your work feel most rewarding?
When putting together the overall schedule at the start of a project. That’s the time when I work the hardest, and you can foresee ways in which the project might get off track. It’s thrilling to think about (laughs). When I see the points that need to be decided on correctly to avoid later problems with the project, generally things will go as I expected. I think the feeling of getting a view of the future prospects of a project that has just started is the most enjoyable part of my job, even more than the sense of accomplishment after a job well done.

MY WAY OF THINKING

I want to create things as a human being, not just because it’s my job.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to value human abilities.
I want the people around me to sense that I am doing something that I enjoy, not just because it is my job. I want them to choose me personally instead of just thinking that anybody can do it.
To do so, I want to be a person whom others can trust.
For this reason, no matter how difficult the project or how adverse the circumstances, I want to employ a positive approach without every giving up.

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