Modern Middle Manager
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Sunday, December 31, 2006  

Sunday morning before a flight to Paso Robles and my mind turns to...projects. Specifically, keeping the project stakeholders coordinated the business unit manager doesn't think anything's moving forward. Out of a portfolio of 12 projects, we have one project that suffers from substandard programming and will be moved to our offshore team. The remaining projects are either 1) in development or 2) awaiting the requirements phase, meaning that the project owners aren't writing a specification, they want the imaginary BSA that the IT department doesn't have available to write the spec. That's a shame and it holds up our projects. However, it also means we'll keep Orange County's job rate low. So we're procuring a body.

In the meantime, the business unit manager (and also my boss) thinks that someone needs to be in a position to coerce both the projects group (not a PMO, mind you...more an application development group) and the business unit product manager to "move things forward." So I may see the development of a project management office (PMO) that reports to me, or him, or someone else and partially runs my IT projects group. Or the IT project group may report to the product manager. Or to my boss, who would prefer to be more hands-on sometimes and less hands-on at other times. I smell a reorg coming (again). My empire has both grown and been sacked by the barbarians before, so I roll with it. In the long term, the Visigoths find that managing really isn't to their taste and doesn't accomplish what they desire: agility and speed to market without planning. I do not think that is a worthy target.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 12/31/2006 06:57:00 AM

Comments:
interesting to see your note on "one project that suffers from substandard programming and will be moved to our offshore team." does this mean that it can be done better by that team?

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Yes, I believe that our offshore team is very capable and takes a great deal of care and pride in their work. Although there appears to be quite a protracted labor shortage in their location (Bangalore), the people we have been fortunate enough to hire on have impressed us.
 
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