“Developers should get off their high heels and get their sh** done!”
Any web project, well any project really, should be done by a team that includes developers and project managers or product owners alike and they should act like a team.
As it often turns out this will not be the case when problems occur.
There’s quite a big project running right now that I occasionally look at as a bystander to see how it evolves. It’s all scrum and agile with product owners, scrum masters, sprints, reviews, burn down charts and all that jazz. It also has a lot of attention.
And now it’s going to be late by more than a bit.
These things can happen and often do for many various reasons. We’ve all been there.
In such a case it is important that the team stays together loyally. It is such a situation where you can truly see if a project manager – who is the face towards business management – is indeed a good and correct and loyal person. It is easy to be a good pm when everything runs smooth. It’s when things break apart where a pm has to stand in front of the team and take it on the chin. That’s called taking responsibility.
It saddened me to hear the quote I used as a headline to draw you into reading this post from someone who is heading such a team. And it saddened me especially as this was told behind the teams back by someone who would on other occasions tell you that blaming developers is something he cared about and wants to abandon.
We’ve all met week project managers before and there is always a certain amount of two-facedness involved. But this was a new low.