Watch the Project Team From Hell point fingers at each other just before a big status report meeting with the company president. These people have so many excuses they don’t know which ones they’re going to use or who they will blame for all their screw ups.
Listen to the hysteria, the deceit and the finger-pointing. Does it sound like what goes on in your organization?
Project Team From Hell – Status Report Video
It’s Friday, the last day of the month, and time for project status reports at Royster Industries. Every project manager will have to stand up and deliver their status report to Mr. Lonnegan, the company president. The project managers at Royster Industries are in a frenzy today and every Friday. Not only are they trying to prepare their own status reports but they’re actively engaged in trying to sabotage other project managers’ status reports. People are starting rumors that make absolutely no sense but people still overreact to them. Some of the folks from the IT department are seeking solace in marijuana edibles while others have taken to hard drink in the morning. The rookie project managers are particularly vulnerable to the lies that older PMs are telling. Several of these rookies are nearing a nervous breakdown by overreacting to the horror stories of what Mr. Lonnegan has done to project managers who don’t make positive status reports.
Still other project managers are busy developing excuses for the poor performance of their project. Some will point fingers at the project team, accusing them of treachery and sabotage. Others are giving erroneous status data to less experienced project managers in the hope that they will use it in their report and fall prey to Mr. Lonnegan’s harsh tongue. It’s a typical status report Friday at Royster industries where they have never completed a successful project (not a surprise). Amid the comedy, see if you can spot some of the mistakes made in your organization.
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