I have recently completed PMP, which encourages me to say NO, ask for what we require and to use the power of the PM. This approach may reduce the helplessness we face many time.
29th October 2008 From United Kingdom , Cornhill
If you say NO then his superior will try hard to remove you from the project.
30th October 2008 From Canada , Cambridge
I agree with you that project manager becomes victim of the situation, especially when it gets worse. But that is the part of PM ,which most of the other professions doesnt possess. Enjoy it yaar... Always there will be brickbats being thrown over the project manager... It all matters , how you still manage and keep moving forward..
1st November 2008 From India , Madras
Its often the vague definition of the role of the project manager that is misused by the management. This vague definition makes the Project Manager the 'weakest link' in the political constellation. The client is always right and the boss is always right. So, the screw-ups should be owned by the interface.
But those in projects would well know that this is very common. You have partially hit the key on accountability. I believe the 'recency effect' where the management only focusses on 'what have you done for me recently' really puts one in a tight spot. It affects your references as well. Hence, moving directly out is a risky proposition.
I think you need to change the company, not the field!
2nd November 2008 From United States , Daphne
As stated in many places, in many organisations, PM has only responsibilities and no authority.
Resource requirements, providing resources, nuying decisions etc etc are by somebody else who is not accountable for the project.
Matrix style is the most important reason for all this. None of the resources is accountable to the PM, their performance reviews are not done by the PM (that is done by the respective functional heads who would just want to show time booking of all his/her people irrespective of the status of the Project.
This HAS to change.
Then ONLY the PM can function effectively.
3rd November 2008 From India , Mumbai
All easier said than done in real life situations.
Perhaps an unusual or unexpected response in this forum--
send positive thoughts/ vibrations to the troublafter the prayers-- in case one does not pray, pl start .
And remember- all professions have their hazards. the grass is always green on the other side
Best wishes ca_bala
excellent post from ngurjar.
transparency, role clarity, authority and responsibility in addition to skills ( job related and conflict resolution) add to the success of the project.
this is part of the professional hazard!!:smile:
All professions have such hazards.
A response not expected in a forum like this---
send positive vibrations sincerely to the trouble maker esp after the prayers. if one does not normally pray, better start.
best wishes ca_bala
3rd November 2008 From India , Pune