If you browse the internet to look for some advices you’ll probably end up with vague feeling you should work better and achieve way more than you used to. Of course you should expect your budget being cut and atmosphere in the team being undermined too. Well, it looks like we’re having superheroes times.
There’s something I don’t get. Running an understaffed project isn’t a new thing for many project managers. We’re familiar with unstable requirements and scope creep too. Actually that’s bread and butter of people running software projects. Where’s the difference then?
Yes, these days above problems are more frequent than they used to be, but shouldn’t that be just a change in a risk management log? After all techniques you use to deal with them aren’t aligned with the condition of the world’s economy. Or are they? We’re talking about team management and software project management techniques. These two haven’t been altered by the recession as far as I know.
My advice for people managing projects is: just keep up the good work.
Forget about all that “work harder and smarter” or “proactive looking for inefficiency.” That’s bullshit. And if you needed recession to focus on your customers or to check relevancy of your project, well, you should think why it wasn’t so important for you a year ago. And better have a good answer.
Yes, the security of our jobs has changed, so has competition, but our everyday routines should remain the same.