Saturday, April 13, 2013

Programming, Project Management, and Time.. or lack thereof

Lately I've been tasked with managing projects at work. These are of both the programming and non - programming variety. They are all also handed off projects so I did not get to formulate the scope and plans of any of them.

Managing projects requires time, team work and proper resources as well as a cradle to grave comprehension of the needed results.
  Time? Not much!
  Team work? Who!
  Resources? Scarce!
  Knowledge? None transferred!

As you can guess, this situation is less than desirable and does not lend to favorable results. Trying to gather information from other team members is like pulling teeth. Trying to get access to necessary resources is near impossible. Managing projects without the ability to manage people, time or outcomes is like juggling water.

It just doesn't work!