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Abha Ram

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Recent posts by Abha Ram

Originally posted by arulk pillai:
[company name removed] is pretty good. People who work there seem to like it being there.



I second that; have heard similar reputation.
[ March 26, 2008: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]
12 years ago

Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
Take a page from the Agile methodology. Set up a regular and frequent (but not TOO frequent) schedule to meet with the client and discuss progress and concerns and to answer the client's need for progress and concerns. (Agile's focus on small deliverables can also also help make this kind of client feel like they're getting something for their money).



we already have daily meetings, weekly meeting, special progress meeting etc. He is one tough nut and not satisfied at all.
12 years ago

Originally posted by Mike Isano:
This guy will probably lose his head if the project fails. That's why he's being so annoying.

Actually i'm rooting for the project to fail just so that guy can lose his head.



Thats right Mike! I and my team has same feeling that his job is at stake. But the problem is we cannot faill the project/release as our promotions would be at stake! and if it fails, he'll take no responsibility and claim it on us. we are already oiling our guns and preparing fact sheets sighting such failure in near future

But my problem is : how to deal with such nagging people? The nagging had got so worse in the past that he wanted to know how much is spent by developer everyday and how much efforts (in terms of no. of hours) is remaining on the plan. I had to report him this in every day meeting and then he would ask me: this was supposed to be completed by y'day? why is it not compete? how many hours are remaining? why is developer blocked? which page/function/API is taking so much time? why do think it should take this much time? this should be straight-forward.... blah blah blah.... and I use to be so frustrated to answer these minute details everyday

I dont think this is project management. Is the project manager supposed to know these many details on day-to-day basis? i think its sheer wastage of time.
12 years ago

Originally posted by Arvind Birla:
Do you think I could maybe ask the Hiring manager and ask him these questions? Is that done? Could I expect a truthful answer from them?



Sending a "thank you" letter to hiring manager after the interview is a good idea, although it is not followed in India. Ideally, you should send such email along with a request for feedback. Try it out. Truly professional hiring manager should give you some feedback on your weak areas.
12 years ago

Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
David is right on the mark. Any contact needs to be through you, not any of the team members. That will not relieve the stress burden on you -it will likely increase it-, but it's the right thing to do, both for the project and the team.



I have tried all sorts of things. I have escalated it up to my vice-precedent level about this. Nothing helps! He says that "Development team should not work in isolation. There should be a continuous discussion in between us and the team. It helps resoling issues". And during these discussions, he pesters the team for n number of things.

This should be done this way? Who is working on x component? He should work with y for this issue resolution. Tell me what happens in this code. Send me this code for review. Do a code walk-through for me. You should prioritize x before y. Why is this not solved yet? How competitive x resource is? blah blah blah....

He is one adamant guy who just doesn't listen to anybody. Being a client, my manager cannot press him too much. And I have to live with these issues and spend hours in useless meeting everyday....
[ March 18, 2008: Message edited by: Abha Ram ]
12 years ago

Originally posted by pradeep singh:
Please anybody tell me the answers of above questions.I will be great thankful to him.



Pardon me, but don't you think that it is spoon-feeding? You can get answers to all these questions if you do a little more search on Google...
[ March 18, 2008: Message edited by: Abha Ram ]
12 years ago
I have changed my display name now...
12 years ago
Hello all

I am extremely stressed out now a days due to a nagging client. Rather I am "Burn out" and dont feel like coming to office everyday to avoid any meeting, mail, confrontation with the client. He is an extremely petulant, pushy, impatient, micro manager who pokes his nose in almost every activity daily.

I work in an Indian company and working on a project for a US client. Now a days, I try to find out each and every way to avoid stress. Initially, I fought a lot with his humiliating micro-management; he did not trust my managerial skills. He wanted his say in almost all our daily activities. Fights got bitter some times and issues were escalated. But no escalation helped and he continued his way. Now a days, I have started ignoring or reacting on his demands and try to down-play him. Now the problem is: he is trying to pressurize my subordinates by directly contacting them on gtalk and pestering them all minute details. So my team is getting frustrated. I am getting apprehensive day-by-day that the team would lose its spirit and would want release from this project. I also feal that I'll succumb to this pressure and burst out vehemently, which I wish to avoid.

Till date, I tried to see this situation optimistically by consoling myself that "If I can handle such kind of customer successfully, I'd learn a lot about people management and customer expectation management. I can apply these learning going forward" . But this optimism is fast fading away.

So I want ranchers to share their bitter, similar experiences and how they handled such situation. I want to a different aspect or angle to this situation and see if I am doing something wrong. Any reply would be highly appreciated.
[ March 18, 2008: Message edited by: Abha Ram ]
12 years ago