It's me against the alpha males!
December 4, 2007 6:17 AM Subscribe
Project ManagementFilter: It's me against the alpha males! Help me bring them into the 21st century.
posted by I_Love_Bananas to Technology (19 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
My position at work will be changing next year to include more project management, wherein I will be responsible for ensuring follow-up on tasks by a group of individuals whose work styles are very different. My challenge will be to create and “enforce” (enable?) adherence to some sort of structure, format, whatever, of posting tasks and reporting on % complete, progress to date etc. to a location where anyone interested could log in or request a report at any time and it “should” be current as of that date.
My preference would be to use SharePoint, but many of those involved will not be overly receptive to its techie nature. These are guys who are used to little or no oversight, running into each others’ offices, impromptu hallway chats, manic email flurries, etc. and will resent/refuse/otherwise balk at efforts to corral them into a more regulated means of tracking their work, even if the request to do so does come from on high.
I am in charge of making sure others stay on track and communicate to the group about their work. Where I stand to fail is not if their work isn’t done, but if the group/upper management does not stay timely informed as to the progress of tasks and if required follow-up does not occur when it’s supposed to. However, my skills are in systems (I have created a kickass SharePoint site, but it’s useless if no one uses it) and in prioritizing/handling my own work. I am not a manger of people -never have been; yet I recognize this type of work is a form of management. I don’t adore lots of phone time, running people down to get their input, etc. I am an email gal and expect others to thrill to the wonders of interactive applications like SharePoint the same way I do.
I envision a future of endless nagging and ongoing struggles to enforce conformity to technology on people who naturally resist it (read: non-techie alpha males in their 50’s).
Help me create something that works for both sides. What can I do to make it easy/more appealing/not a chore for them (and more importantly, for ME)?