Project Manager, Manager, and Micromanagement

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Hi,

today I want to discuss with you about Micromanagement. What is Micromanagement anyway? It is a Management style whereby a Manager closely observes and/or controls the work of his/her subordinates or employees, or project team. Is it bad? YES! YES! YES!

Who can do Micromanagement in Projects? Managers, and Project Managers. Whoever does it it is evidence of lack of trust. Why? If you need to control every single detail, every single line of code (in SW development), every decision, than you do not trust the person who make those decisions.

Now let’s first focus on Project Manager. It’s role is not to have every single detail under the control. NOT AT ALL. He/she is responsible for control Project as a whole! It means he/she should know is the Project on track (within time, budget, scope, quality), what are the Risks, what are the problems in the Project, and finally to manage Stakeholders. Are they getting what they asked for? Is everything OK with your team?, etc.

Remember, if you are Project Manager, than you are supposed to let your team to make decisions how to make their Tasks in the best way. So, if we are talking about software development, you must be aware that you team is developing it following standards which are set up upfront. Your job is NOT to check every single line of code. Let your team breath! And help them. You are not in the Army. Command and control doesn’t work. It never did, and it never will.

In my region we have a lot of SW companies which have a Micromanagement problems with company Managers. Why? Because those Managers has started their companies in “garage”. What does this mean? It means that they were developers at the very beginning. And there is nothing wrong about that. But, their company is big now. And they are dealing with Management. And Management is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organization and coordinating the efforts of its employees (or of volunteers) to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources. To be a Manager you should be educated. PERIOD! E D U C A T E D! If you were excellent developer, and company owner, it does NOT mean that you are now (when your company is large) good Manager, just because you are in that position. And more important, you should STOP acting like developer! Because you WERE developer, and now you are suppose to be MANAGER!

So, prerequisites for good manager are:

  1. Take the education about Management
  2. Set your mind in a way that you are not Developer any more
  3. Do not interfere in your Developers everyday work

Not so long ago I was external PM in one famous company in the region. And I was told what to do, and what I’m not supposed to do! I have no freedom to do my work for what I am educated for. After three months I left! Why? Because I was supposed to be responsible for a Project but without authority of making decisions.

Believe me, I know what I am talking about.

Regards,

Nenad

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About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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2 Responses to Project Manager, Manager, and Micromanagement

  1. Muhammad Fathy says:

    Really, you are always great.

  2. giedriusza says:

    Yes, the best way to manage projects is to have self-directing and self-controling teams and concetrate the focut of PM to the project baselines and problems and of cource stakeholder satisfaction 🙂

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