In my last blog post, I spoke about my hope that we can make change on our projects to have better projects and better project teams. However, many of the readers of this blog post are the “little” people out there – the ordinary people that make the projects run on a day-to-day basis and who have no real authority.
Being one of those people, myself, I know it’s frustrating to know that there are so many ways in which we could have better projects and could work more efficiently. We’re the ones who are charged with this and blamed when it all goes wrong but who have little authority to make any substantive changes, in many cases. Some of you will write to me to tell me how I’m “preaching to the choir” and pushing on the very people that can’t make a difference.
On the other hand, if we use our “make it better” attitude to influence even one other person on our projects, it could be that that could be what makes the difference. If you’re the project manager, it’s actually your job to make these things happen even without real authority, in many cases. But even for the rest of the team, working toward success is a good mindset to create for yourself.
If you find that you truly can’t make a difference and if you have to ability to do so, see if you can find a way to move along to something else. Use this as an opportunity to find a team that has the capability of success. Just because a project is failing doesn’t mean you should merely abandon it – it doesn’t mean that there’s no hope. However, when the project is setup for failure, is failing, and won’t change, there probably isn’t a lot you can do for it, anyway.
My real point, though, is that I realize that many of you reading this really are trying and I’m not trying to add more onto your shoulders. While I truly believe we all need to work toward success, I do realize some of you are struggling just to keep your head afloat on your projects or merely to keep your job.