Tuesday, 24 July 2007

DOING A JOB or DoING it RIGHT

"When there's a gap between someone doing a job and doing the right thing, then management has failed"

Now I don't remember which Article or Blog I read this and unfortunately not able to find the exact place even after doing so many searches, I am actually forced to link this to the Harry Potter book specially because of the incidences happening over there... BTW This post was written when I was in the Godric's Hollow where Harry has just survived the Deathly attack.I am having a feel that its the Voldermort's mismanagement that is killing him. Be it not managing Snape to kill Dumbledore or be it not getting hold of the Undesirable one while leaving the dudesley's. Anyway forget it, coming back to the Fun. The root cause of failures in management are linked to doing wrong things at right times.Yes say for example "Taking your kid out in rain when he has just come out of cough and cold" Or "Having a quarrell with your wife when she is in a real bad mood" too many more things really, yeah wrong things at right times....

So while we think that its a managements failure when the right things are not done and the jobs are just done as a Project Manager certain things really can be credited on the path to "Why My Software Projects Fail". Lately while realising and analysing the follies and faults a Project Manager can do while reacting to situations can definately lead to the worst. Through a Project Managers career comes occasions like :
1. Biz critical situation needs to be responded by a Software support.
2. Risks need to be managed by playing with resources (doesnt only include Man Power).
3. Values need to be staken at the cost of situations...
more of course that you wont like me to write here.... under these situations the Best Manager's takes a call that can suffice and satisfy the needs and what plays a major role here is the time taken between the agreement on decission and actual implementation. If you are a cricket fan and had watched the 2nd day play of cricket Test Match between Englad and India you will agree Vaughan's decission to let Panesar continue a longer spell of bowling thinking that his spin will bowl out India short;) Unfortunate the decission was wrong. I have seen Managers who want to do everything in one shot right from decission to implementation and 11 out of 10 times it results into failures (however there is NO MANAGER IN THE WORLD WHO SAYS I DID THIS WRONG) If you dont believe this ask your Manager why a person who was fired recently becuase he been not productive or having other issues was HIRED at all? Well the answer wont be My choice was wrong it will be "He was better now he changed" so anyways.. taking decissions hastily is a art of Mis Management that can kill success... And I believe it is "JUST DOING THE JOB"

Yet another place to measure how it can affect in doing the right thing or just doing the JOB. A Father of an Indian girl's decission to hurriedly (without proper investigations or checks) of the groom she is marrying can result in disaster of a spoiled marriage, while if the fixing of marriage and the actual marriage takes long its possible that you might find the defects of the groom/bride way in time... definately leading to a find of successful marriage.

So next time you are to make a decission just dont make it "IT WILL BE DOING YOUR JOB" take time and then implement no matter it gets late it will be a right thing ;)