The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man
A New Perspective
As a project manager it is easy to get caught up in meeting deadlines, holding status calls, ensuring tasks are completed and driving towards go live dates. It is sometimes easier to be the driving force instead of thinking what it means to be the driven one.
Carol, my manager, asked me to get involved in a project to develop project management training material as a resource, and not as the project…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2011 at 9:42am — 4 Comments
Are you working on tasks efficiently as possible? How much is too much?
On Monday, I had been working away at several new projects that had come my way. I had had several meetings on my calendar.
Tuesday was more of the same. Existing projects needed to be updated. Administrative work needed my attention. Carol, my manager, invited me into her office and asked me to consider documenting a new process for posting our timesheets.
By Wednesday, it had been a long week…Continue
Posted on October 25, 2011 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment
My distraught client, who didn’t pay attention during training, sent me an email in all caps, in 18 point bold font, “I HATE YOUR PRODUCT!!!”
We have the number one product in our market. We are part of a large global firm. If he truly hates our product then he is in the minority of users – namely him and maybe a few others. My first feeling was one of disappointment, then frustration and then anger.
This user preferred to fiddle with his phone during training…Continue
Posted on October 3, 2011 at 11:22am
I had just gotten a bad review; some of my colleagues got promotions. I worked as hard as they did and I had a strong knowledge of our product and processes. Apparently I had made some mistakes in my focus. I didn’t think that I was a poor project manager, but my manager did. Others got recognized and promoted. Why not me?
I was disappointed. I was working hard, long hours for what I thought was the best interests of the client. Apparently I needed to also focus on the best…Continue
Posted on September 26, 2011 at 1:15pm