Tuesday, June 08, 2004

This isn't a daycare center. The reason you get a paycheck.

As a project manager, the hardest part for me is the "passing of the buck".

Many a times, I encounter passing of the buck from supervisors, managers and directors. It seems it's human nature to pass off something that you dislike
doing and/or have no clue how to do. Although understandable, I feel as an adult who freely accepts the responsibility, you should suck it up and do it or tell
me right off the bat, you don't want to do it/you do not have the expertise/knowledge to do it.

I hate being strung around to find out that you didn't do a thing. Don't tell me that you consulted with someone on it and they didn't get back to you. That
is no excuse.

What's worse is when you don't come to me and tell me the situation. When I have to ask you how a task is going to find out it hasn't been addressed, you
look bad. I don't care if you're above me in the totem pole. If you agree to be part of my project team, I expect the same from you as of all the other members.

Oh, and finally, if you agree to be part of my project team, do not expect hand holding. If you need assistance, let me know and I'll try to assist. But do
not expect me to pull your sub-team in and assign tasks (or worse pull 6 people outside of your sub-team to work on your task). I will work with you to
coordinate your team's tasks but do not expect me to do your job.

Thank you.