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Ready to tear my hair out...

And why is it that VP level folks are the *least* reliable when it comes to doing their jobs on time as promised? We're on a countdown to a proposal for a 7-8M project that'll go for 2 years, and I'm on the 'blessed' soul who is named project manager for the proposal, then on to two years as PM. Who am I given as a team to get the work done? Not the IT manager who knows all the answers, and not the communications specialist who could do the comms in half a heartbeat and make a presentation that's much more visually appealing than anything this pure-audio gal can manage. A group of Directors and VPs. Do the RFP, find the space for folks, put in the systems, build it out, drag the fiber and light the network, hire the people, do the training, set up the IVR, launch the center. Organized chaos and cat herding, my favorite things (no really, I do love it). But gd it all to hell, the presentation is due on Monday for a dry run, and these folks who are oh-so-important are too busy playing stupid power politics to get things done.

And who are they going to yell at when we're late? And who's going to have to work over the weekend (again!) to get it all caught up? Stupid 50ish men in suits who can't be bothered to listen to me when I tell them they'd better plan to increase support staff if they're going to double the client base? I don't *think* so.

I want some of Annie's gangsta rap. No, I want Uncle Steve's 12-gauge.

Sigh. And I want time to sleep and have a life again.

And I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...

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anniesj
Oct. 22nd, 2002 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'd be more than happy to share my gangsta rap with you, Chris. I'll shine a little Dr. Dre in your direction. ;)
chrisjournal
Oct. 22nd, 2002 09:11 pm (UTC)
S'ank you
M'dear. Very muchly. If I give in to temptation, know any good criminal lawyers ;-)?

spikewriter
Oct. 23rd, 2002 07:57 am (UTC)
Y'know, I just got into project management, and my first job is being the number two person in the PMO for a $24M consolidation project that's going to last two years. With loads of VPs in the mix. You are seriously scaring me here...
chrisjournal
Oct. 23rd, 2002 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re:
Awww, don't let me scare you off. As frustrated as I am at the moment, I really do love the job. I've been doing this for almost ten years, and it's 95% of the time a great job. The variety, the challenge, the conquering, and the license to be bossy as long as you're right... nothing else like it except maybe motherhood.

The best projects are a little like roller coasters, except at the end of the crazy ride, you've got some major accomplishments to show for it.

Welcome to the funny farm!
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