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Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
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thephilsimon
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11/30/2013 | 8:04:24 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
Love it. Jargon sucks. Words should convey, not confuse, to paraphrase George Carlin.
thephilsimon
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thephilsimon,
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10/20/2013 | 7:22:11 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
Agreed. I'd start the discussion with combining functional and technical backgrounds.
JosephM874
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10/19/2013 | 12:39:40 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
So, the whole time I am reading this I am thinking to myself this sounds like an advertisement. Lo and behold the author is selling a book, and probably his PM consultant services. Evidently Informationweek is like the Tonight Show where actors are invited to the show to promote their latest work. This whole article was a waste of time.
MarciaNWC
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10/18/2013 | 7:27:05 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
I agree, the role is extremely challenging and success requires some pretty special skills and experience.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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10/18/2013 | 2:09:30 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
I'm guessing you've got a war story of your own in mind. Could as easily be an overcomplicated editorial project as a technology one. That's okay, you don't have to tell me.
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10/18/2013 | 1:35:29 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
The best phrase a project manager can EVER utter is "What can I do to help you get this done!" Sadly, most of the time, they simply want to know why it isn't done, and they don't always realize the laundry list of other things many project personnel are working on, waiting on, etc...
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10/17/2013 | 11:16:18 PM
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I have always had a lot of sympathy for the soul sitting in the chair of the project manager. All of the demands and contradictions of the IT role tend to concentrate there. These six types are entertaining but I think it would be harder to describe the characteristics of three good types of project manager than six bad ones.
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10/17/2013 | 6:31:55 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
or use PM techniques to move the project forward.
Oh the wonderful PM techniques, yes I use those all the time. What kind of techniques are you talking about, maybe the old whip and chair technique, or the offer a bigger bonus technique, or the "I am going to fire everyone, threat technique? Come on what a crock of a phrase. Did you have some minimum number of words your needed to use so you just threw these useless uninformative extra few words in?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/17/2013 | 4:57:51 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
Another one: The Foreign Language Speaker. PMs have their own lexicon. Some learn to speak the languages of the various constituencies, while others keep spouting biz-school-speak that does not resonate with devs or other audiences.
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10/17/2013 | 4:28:59 PM
re: Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
I'd add one more: The Overcomplicator (OK, that's a mouthful). The PM who turns a very simple project into the Marshall Plan.


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