A Free Range Project Manager™ has the power to use his or her judgment to circumvent the project management process when it makes sense to do so. Check out the LinkedIn group titled Free Range Project Managers ™ with SebaSolutiuons and Dr. James T. Brown. Looking forward to some exciting discussions here with this group. Be sure to join and share your thoughts.
As Project Managers we are involved in providing project estimates almost all the time. I have recently been working on a lot of project estimates. While reading some of my favorite authors articles I found this article, “What Causes Bad Estimates…And What You Can Do About It” by Dr. James T. Brown both relevant and timely.
Do you give in to the pressure to underestimate the project so the project is either sold or moves forward or do you stand your ground and communicate what it actually takes to make the project successful? I would love to hear what others think about the practice of providing estimates.
I recently read a great article on leadership skills and found one statement in particular, to be both humorous and insightful:
Another incentive for successful delegation is to give the subordinate a sense of ownership of the task – a reason to be invested in its success. As the adage goes, “No one ever changed the oil in a rented car.” If you don’t own it, why would you care?” — PBP Executive Reports
Stakeholders, who are involved, well informed and shown that their efforts, expertise, input and suggestions are truly valued and critical to the success of the project are no longer individual Stakeholders………they are owners in a collaborative partnership.
Instilling a sense of ownership pays big dividends in productivity and acceptance.
Everyone likes to feel like they are important; Family, Friends, Co-Workers, but especially our Customers! How we communicate their importance, what is said and how it is finally interpreted, can be more difficult than it seems.
In the course of managing our projects there comes a time in our personal interactions where the project manager will have to provide feedback and may even have to say something negative to the person they are dealing with. There may also be the case where they have to say something negative to say to you. I prefer to call it constructive criticism/feedback rather than negative but many people refer to it as negative.