Cut my resources then put pressure on me to complete a project a month ahead of schedule?
Hi, so firstly a bit of background. I work as part of an evil empire (multinational corporate) and am the lead continuous development and change analyst in charge of a medium sized project.
So at the beginning of December I completed my initial review for a major part of what is to be delivered and advised that it would take until end of January with my current operational resource to complete some of the required actions from the back of it. I also highlighted that I should be given additional 2 full time people to get it completed before January.
Did I get people? Nope.
Did they take a person away from me because “they didn’t seem to be doing that much”? Yep.
Bear in mind this was being done by two people not in my reporting chain and above me on the food chain, so I couldn’t scream blue murder about it.
Last Monday (19th) they pulled me into a meeting and basically gave me a bollocking because “you are putting blockers in place which affect our year end figures” (they actually mean their incentives by this and realised it would affect them when trying to work out how much they would get) and I needed to get things done by the end of the month.
Right. Fuck you guys, you want to see what that guy was doing? You think you are my boss? (my boss was fucking livid and she is cold decking each of their enhancement requests as soon as she is back in office.)
By the end of day Tuesday I advised that I would have a full plan for acceleration of the project ready for review and sign off. But they would need to be available to for a meeting on Friday 23 (today, last working day before Christmas when they were both planning to slope off early for a few drinks)
They didn’t really like it, but they could hardly refuse as I was giving them what they wanted.
Do you think it’s all over?
I book the meeting time for 12. Aren’t I nice, going to let them work through lunch and still get to the pub.
If you have heard the phrase “Death by PowerPoint” then you might think you know what is about to happen.
46 slides with example investigations into issues found in minute and boring detail.
A line by line review of a twelve page document.
At 16:30 with only a fifteen minute break, they had had no lunch. They had glazed eyes. They agreed to the process outline.
Do you think it’s over now?
I then offered to go through the addendums, or if they wished they could take them home and review them, but if I could get an answer before 10 pm today, as I wanted to turn my phone off for the Christmas period and I’d need to get the ball rolling first thing Wednesday. (this was the riskiest part of my plan)
They gratefully said they would study the addendums at home as they knew it was getting late.
I got the messages from both of them within a few minutes of 9:50, all approved.
Lets take a vote? Do you think they read them?
I know they didn’t, the addendums promise me 18 full time operation staff over the next week and given the holiday period the department will fail to meet other BAU targets which has a direct impact on their incentive.
I’ve forwarded the sign offs with the documents attached to my boss who is going to “raise a concern” that this level of manpower was agreed without referring to their boss, with their boss, on Wednesday. She is also going to raise a concern about the tone of meetings they have had with me and the behaviour they have displayed.
Now it’s over.