Deming, the PM (Pt. 6)

Josh is an Engineering Project Manager for Apple.

Project managers should practice servant leadership — micromanaging kills the soul of a project team. This includes sharing all relevant information with team members, and helping them grow professionally and personally. PMOs can help.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming landmark 14 Points For Management — originally presented in his 1982 book “Out of the Crisis” — called for a new style of management, and intended to help everyone enjoy their work and produce excellence. The original context was operations, but the points are equally applicable in project management, and many of them make a compelling case for project portfolio management and project management offices.
 
This is the sixth and final installment of Deming, the PM — a series exploring how a modified version of Deming’s 14 points can be relevant in addressing today’s most pressing project management challenges.
 
Point 12: Make Them Proud
Deming claimed that the sense of having helped other people is the most significant motivator and source of job satisfaction. It is one of the biggest enablers for pride of workmanship. Of the projects you have worked on, think about the ones you are most proud of. What makes you look back and say, “Wow! Look what we did!”
 
Does meeting an arbitrary project deadline set by a sponsor make you …

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