I had a meeting with Alan. Our conversation ranged from project management e-learning to sales and marketing activity alongside project management training and wider training issues.
Alan has seen and done many things in his time and during discussion he stunned me. He told me the story of developing a stand alone e-learning project for an internal client. There was a project manager managing the project and Alan and the team proudly announced to the project manager that the project was now complete. The package had been tested and all was ready for launch. The team were really proud as they had not only finished the project, but had finished it early.
What a response from the project manager; he told them that the project could not be delivered early; the schedule did not permit this; it had to be delivered by… (a date on the schedule)
Too many questions came to mind however the two that kept coming back were:
• do we really need project managers with this view?
• what sort of training did this person have?
So, don’t have the temerity to deliver early (with this project manager)
Picture courtesy of Naypong’