What does a Project Manager Do?

Arno Van Leest stumbled across this gem today.  Please excuse all the misspellings, he’s English.  😉

from:  http://www.visitor-tracking.com/pm-jokes.php#pmp


What does a Project Manager Do?

 

Project Managers are a fortunate lot, for, as everyone knows, a project manager has nothing to do; that is, except…

  • To decide what is to be done;
  • to tell somebody to do it;
  • to listen to reasons why it should not be done,
  • why it should be done by somebody else,
  • or why it should be done in a different way;
  • and to prepare arguments in rebuttal that shall be convincing and conclusive.

And then:

  • To follow up to see if the thing has been done;
  • to discover that it has not been done;
  • to enquire why it has not been done;
  • to listen to excuses from the person who did not do it;
  • and to think up arguments to overcome the excuses.

And then:

  • To follow up a second time to see if the thing has been done;
  • to discover that is has been done incorrectly;
  • to point out how it shall be done;
  • to conclude that as long as it has been done it might as well be left as it is;
  • to wonder if it is not time to get rid of the person who cannot do a thing correctly;
  • to reflect that in all probability any successor would be just as bad, or worse.

And finally:

  • To consider how much more simply and better the thing would have been done had he done it himself in the first place;
  • to reflect satisfactorily that if he had done it himself he would have been able to do it right in 20 minutes and that as things turned out, he himself spent two days trying to find out why it is that it has taken somebody else three weeks to do it wrong.
  • To realise that such an idea would have a very demoralising effect on the project team, because it would strike at the very foundation of the belief of all employees that a project manager has nothing to do.
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~ by brianherman on December 17, 2008.

2 Responses to “What does a Project Manager Do?”

  1. Wondering if the “thing that needs to be done” is to shovel all that snow on your blog. 🙂

  2. You just summarized my daily tasks. I often list my role as nagger, babysitter, justifyer, psychologist, and back rubber.

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