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Tame difficult PM techies

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Tell us what you think about the 10 types of techies identified in this week's Project Management Blueprint e-newsletter. What types of techies commonly plague your projects? How do you prevent these characters from being a detriment to completing the project on time with all the project deliverables? Do you think it's possible to leverage some of the negatives of these techies' personalities to a project's advantage?

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The 10 types of project managers?

by mspang In reply to Tame difficult PM techies

I find some of these classifications offensive and the suggested actions elitist, **** and very counter-productive. In other words, I doubt this author has been a successful project manager, or has put his money where his mouth is.

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looks like he hit a nerve

by T_Rex_212 In reply to The 10 types of project m ...

I have worked both sides of this issue, and
recognize several of the types in both the
people who worked for me - and at times, myself.

I think he hit the nail on the head - and maybe
touched a few of our nerves :-)

I wish some of my earlier managers would have
seen the light of this advice. I would have
made their chore of nurturing my talent more
fruitful for both of us.

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Working with Tech Writer is Punishment?

by RobertLS In reply to Tame difficult PM techies

I am a senior technical writer and have had many problems with so called "techie" IT subject matter experts. No wonder they denigrate and are so rude to us, we are the [prima donnas'] punishment!

In this article, Mr. Andrews conveys his preconception towards technical communicators with his recommendation that project managers assign this punishment. Unfortunately, my seventeen years of experience as a technical writer has proven to me that most "techies" and technical managers have the same prejudice. This ignorant, close-minded viewpoint just goes to show that they are not so smart after all. If only they would take the time to get to know us better and value our knowledge and capacity, which in many cases, may not be as specialized as theirs in specific areas but surely is much broader. This broad, generalist knowledge allows experienced technical writers to appreciate the "big picture" (i.e., "system") frequently better than most.

This attitude of disrespect towards technical writers is what led me to resign my last job and to currently pursue a new career, which desirably will not be in IT. If you are incompetent dealing with professional people and users, whether a manager or "techie" staff, you shouldn't complain afterwards about quality issues or downturn in the IT sector.
Certifications and university degrees do not give people more class; human interaction at all levels and some humility does. IT leaders and staff need to grow up.

Have a great day!

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So True ...

by EllenGoodhill In reply to Tame difficult PM techies

I'm still laughing over some of these, especially the suggestion to pair the maxim-obscurer with the bright greenie.

Good job !!

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Why not a Top 10 for Good Traits

by kalitai In reply to Tame difficult PM techies

Each of these "classifications" has a deaming tone. I think that viewing your staff as a set of problem techies that needs tamed leads to distrust (or worse) between management and staff. While I agree with the characteristics at large (some of which apply to me at times, I must admit), I think we also need to be able to identify good quality traits in staff that we can re-enforce.

For example, we may seek individuals that look for opportunities to integrate two disparate processes. We may praise developers that hold weekly code review sessions.

I think this is the second or third article I've read on that treats staff as problems that need fixing. For the most part, I enjoy my relationship with my upper management; it's respectful and productive. It's sad to see others do not have the same good fortune.


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article request

by an employee In reply to Why not a Top 10 for Good ...

An article on how to reinforce good traits would be helpful! The most production teams, I've seen, are those who's leaders were expert at positive reinforcement and motivation.

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by Patrick Andrews In reply to article request

Yes, people who want to be good leaders in business deserve all the suggestions that they can get. I'll do my best to write such an article...although in 400 words or so it's a tall order.

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Delighted for you!

by Patrick Andrews In reply to Why not a Top 10 for Good ...

I'm genuinely happy for you...I guess writing an article which says 'how to enjoy working with friendly, appreciative people' might be a little redundant though? The experience of most project managers I know is that they take a personal risk to their reputation every time they start a new project...a bit like writing these articles! ; )
Take a look at 'Opinion', for more...

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