Saturday, July 7, 2012

Management by crisis

I was talking to my manager on Thursday when he basically said with a straight face that they practice management by crisis. I am not sure this is what he had in mind. Here is a quote from c2 : 

ManagementByCrisis is a disease where a manager (intentionally or not) seems to create crisis around them. This can be done in many ways; the most common of them is to set too aggressive a schedule or an ArtificialDeadline, but it can be done by shuffling staff and other such things.
The result is that this manager's team is always in a crisis, and they are always saving the team from the crisis, or asking for super-human effort from the team, when really, they knew all along that what they were asking was impossible.
Either way, the manager gets more power, and more resources to get the job done, and in the end, gets the glory from having, "pulled the project out of the fire."
Note: This is synergistic with ScheduleChicken.

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