• Mack M.

    Excellent post by Brad Egeland! Ray Helms (Capt, USN, ret) used to tell us “If you are sleeping well at night, your project is probably in trouble.” One way to keep tabs on things is the meeting, a favorite of Baby Boomers. Gen Ys often hate meetings, seeing them as a waste of time. “I can either DO the work or REPORT on the work, but not both!” is a common complaint. One alternative to some of the meetings (but not all) is MBWA Management By Wondering Around, a tactic favored by David Packard of HP fame, among others. Another one I have used since my Air Force days is the 8 AM stand-up where, over coffee and snacks, each team leader provides a <3 minute update on progress, challenges, new risks, help she needs, etc. Once you get in the swing of it, it goes fast. It has other benefits too such as letting non-leaders occasionally stand in for their boss and brief the team's progress while watching others do it, see the exchanges, etc. Very helpful for growing the team's experience level, preparing workers to become leaders, embedding an unspoken code of behavior across the project, letting people see the big picture and how their work fits in with others', etc. With the ubiquitous cell phone always in the boss's pocket/purse, our assistant and deputy PMs don't get to stand-in for the boss like they used to, making it harder to train them to take the reins someday. I'll talk more about the whole issue of training new PMs on our blog at http://www.SolidThinking.org

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