Who tells who what to do? Project Mangement Work Puzzle.
âWe have to set the standard, and they have to live by that.â
This was the terse email response I received from the project lead. I had asked a few questions about how we were going to design a new system which would increase the efficiency of internal work, as well as affect how, when, and how much people got paid for selling the product. The âWeâ was the IT department. âTheyâ were collectively both the people who would execute the processes we were designing and the customer they served, the sales department. In 14 years, I had never heard these words connected in this way.
It explained a lot. When I had been conducting interviews to gather requirements, from the desperate, overworked workforce so eager to give them, I had determined I needed to have a conversation with the sales people. When I approached the IT manager to ask about facilitating this conversation, he said âtheyâll tear you apart.â Images of Hellraiser. I couldnât communicate with the major stakeholder. And why? Who knows exactly, but evidently a âdepartmentallyâ damaged relationship, likely due to a perception, a paradigm, wherein IT people take a dictatorial approach to designing software…
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