I’m losing patience with people who seem to think that arguing about minutia contributes to the development process when in reality, it helps people not to be productive.
When a project makes its bed, it has to lie in it. So, if you adopt a very loose method of defining requirements, there comes a point when you have to produce something and then the interpretation of requirements is in the hands of the developers and testers. I know “producing something” is a very loose phrase. I don’t mean “produce anything” I mean “produce what you have told your developers (through whatever requirements process you use) that you want them to build.”
But, even aside from that, what is beginning to annoy me in an ongoing situation, is someone who can turn anything into a hellish downward spiral email time-sink Land of the Lost.
For some people, control is a huge issue. They spend inordinate amounts of time trying to exert control over others. And when those others turn out to be unproductive because they have lapsed into despair or get bogged down in useless detail and email hell, they complain about a lack of productivity.
Worse, when there is productivity they switch into a mode of “Uh-oh, this situation is a runaway train! I must not be exerting enough control.” This shows personal psychological problems. Not happy when people are nonproductive and not happy when people are productive. When are you happy? You’re happy when people follow every little thing you say to the letter, no matter how trivial. You’re happy when smart people act like stupid robots.
Good managers realize that when you hire smart people and drop them in a challenging situation, they will pleasantly surprise you with minimum constraints and a lot of leash. Your concern as a manager, at that point, should be whether they are productive. More specifically, you have a responsibility:
What you need to not provide as a manager are:
I could go on. Maybe later.
But I have to finish some stuff here and then go see Batman Begins with a bunch of people.Posted by James at June 15, 2005 4:40 PM