November 9, 2012 1 Comment
Several years ago I worked for a large, matrixed company that was going through some restructuring, which included the centralization of a couple program management offices (meaning that my boss had a new boss). The new boss’s boss came out to our campus to hold her first all-hands where she was attempting to build enthusiasm for her new organization.
In her presentation, she used a drawing of an iceberg to illustrate that she was aware that 3/4s of what a project manager does is not visible to all stakeholders, thus potentially creating a lack of appreciation for the work we do. But she was different—she appreciated the full course of work we did and it was her number-one priority to help the larger organization have a better appreciation for project management.
Unfortunately, her message was lost at sea. You see, behind the iceberg, there was a ship labeled with the company’s name. While she was attempting to articulate an appreciation for her new team, the message received was that project management was going to do to the company what an iceberg did to the Titanic. Read more of this post