Feb 15, 2016 9:40:47 AM by John Weathington
My biggest motivator for understanding project management was working with bad project managers. I'm usually not this critical, but if you're stuck on a project with a bad project manager, things are going to get tough. I've spent many late night nights working to hit deadlines that should have never been agreed to. I've had countless months of frustration trying to understand what was happening. After spending decades learning every aspect of project management, I can reflect and pinpoint what went wrong. However at the time, I felt trapped and helpless. As the saying goes, I wish I knew then what I know now. Here's my best advice to business analysts trying to survive a bad project.
If you've been a business analyst for any appreciable amount of time, you know what it's like to be on a project with a bad project manager. And although you can't insulate yourself from all the havoc they create, you can certainly make your life easier by being smart. Start today by picking up a copy of the PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It's the guide that PMPs study to get certified and it contains a wealth of good project management principles. And maybe cut your project manager a bit of slack. It's not as easy as it seems, especially if he or she doesn't have the right background.
Written by John Weathington
John Weathington is President and CEO of Excellent Management Systems, Inc., a management consultancy that helps guide organizations to achieve strategic goals, improve critical processes, and leverage the power of information. For over 20 years, John has helped clients of all sizes including an impressive list of Fortune 100 firms to include Visa, PayPal (eBay), Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco, and Silicon Graphics. His unique blend of leadership, management, and technical talent and skills are a rare find in the consulting arena.