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October 22, 2009


I've really got to see that movie. And just in case a zombie apocalypse occurs, I have my ninja sword handy. And no, I'm not kidding.

A great post. I've seen many highly technical folks fail at management for the reasons that you mention, but also because they don't want to be a manager. The story is familiar in the startup world, where a technical founder flounders as a CEO. Once they take on the CTO position and hire a new CEO, the business kicks into high gear.

Before promoting someone to management be sure that's a move they really want to make.

Hello there,

I am Yousuf Siddiqui and I provide coaching to leaders and organizations.
I refer to my work as Business Performance Coaching. I increase my clients' effectiveness by thinking through their most burning issues with them and creating plans to get tangible, measurable and specific results.

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Yousuf Siddiqui,

As Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull state in their 1969 book "The Peter Principle" ... "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.". A whole organization filled with Zombies?

I believe too many technical professionals are promoted to project manager roles simply on the basis of their technical expertise. Perhaps the organization and the newly positioned project manager both stand to lose. Many organizations still don't appreciate that project management is a distinct skillset - and different from programming, database design or even business analysis.

The points about goal obsession are all too true. Another problem I have personally experienced is that the end goal is often perceived to be too early. Project success is about so much more than the big "rollout". It is about follow-through with change management plans, adoption and realization of business benefits. This requires patience and diligence.

I really like this idea that “Ceremonies, celebrations, and rituals are not about the event. They’re about touching the hearts and souls of every employee.”

Would be interesting to ask ourselves after every such event if we connected? Or just "checked the box" ...

Zombieland is pretty hilarious but good

nice point re end of project celebrations. Often a milestone celebration or praise can be alot more welcome AND motivating than one at the end.

I really like your ideas about project managment
sara http://becomacademy.com/pmp

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