This is kind of like having one of those relationships with someone where all you do is talk about the relationship. You know the ones, right? You don't actually get a chance to have a relationship and instead all you do is spend your time talking about the kind of person you want to be and the kind of person he/she should be.
Really, this is sort of self-explanatory, but the more time you spend
7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Project Managers
<ul>The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Project Managers </ul><ul>Carol Smith Google, Inc. </ul>
<ul>Who am I? </ul><ul>-Googler -Project manager in network operations, enterprise software, and now open source software -Administering the Google Summer of Code program for the Google Open Source Programs office </ul>
<ul>Habit 1 </ul><ul>Spend more than 2 hours per week in meetings with the engineers going over the project. </ul>
Habit 1 <ul><li>Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule – Paul Graham
If you're spending more than 2 hours per week in meetings about the project, how much time have you got to actually work on it?
Ask yourself if you're empowered to do your job. </li></ul>
<ul>Habit 2 </ul><ul>Assume all the engineers you work with are purposefully trying to do a bad job and sabotage the project. </ul>
Habit 3 <ul><li>Constant pings to an engineer about when a task will be done does not project management make.
Be familiar enough with the project and technical details to understand when an engineer tells you why a task has been delayed. </li></ul>
<ul>Habit 4 </ul><ul>Let your middle-level and senior-level managers meddle with the timeline and the goals of the project whenever they see fit. Extra credit: Let managers talk to the engineers and confuse them about your own purpose on the project </ul>
Habit 4 <ul><li>It's human nature to want to meddle in something for which you are ultimately responsible.
Maintain your credibility and authority and managers will feel less inclined to meddle. </li></ul>
<ul>Habit 5 </ul><ul>Make everything an emergency. </ul>
<ul>Special Thanks to: </ul><ul>Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People </ul>Josh Berkus, for the idea of the "7 Habits of Highly Ineffective..." Paul Graham, for the “Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule” article - http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html