Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Herding Cats

Now, I'm an IT project manager. Project management has five steps to it:

1) Figure out who has to deliver what, and by when.
2) Tell those who have to deliver things, what they have to deliver and by when.
3) Follow the boogers up.
4) Follow the boogers up.
5) Follow the boogers up.

The last three steps are referred to as herding cats, because IT professionals who have to deliver things tend to have a varying set of ideas about how to go about what they need to do, and aren't good communicators pretty well by definition.

This video is a tribute to all cat herders.

2 Comments:

At 3:49 AM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

So, after herding cats, do you fold them up?

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

The ones I haven't already killed, yes.

A key skill of an experienced project manager is to draw that fine line between the desire to kill recalcitrants as an example to others, while still retaining sufficient capacity to get the job done...

 

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