Project Management

Is Your Project Manager the Problem?

So you have a problem, your project is not happening as effectively as it should be. You recognize the source of the issue; it is your Project Manager. Maybe they are not taking charge, or driving the project in the way that it needs to be driven for success. So what can you do? What should you do?

“The bottom line is this – treat them how you would want to be treated. You started out as a team, you are still a team, and unless things have really become confrontational or problematic at this point, you’re best starting point is the team and the problem project manager. Honesty and open discussion is almost always the best initial route.”

Below is a suggested course of action for the most respectful and professional way to resolve the issues within the team.

Gather internally as a team – sans PM

It is rarely a good idea to go behind someone’s back but you should determine if there is a team issue or if the issue only lies with you and your project manager. Also, if there has not been chatter about issues you have noticed they may not be obvious to everyone.

Take it to the PM

If the team is in consensus then it is time to present your concerns to your project manager. Hopefully they are open and consider the concerns you have. It is important to do this as a team in an effort to show unity and prevent individuals from being removed from the team.

Go to senior management

Sometimes there is an unwillingness to listen or see the issues at hand. If necessary you should present your concerns to senior management if your PM is blinded and unmoving.

Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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