Managing IT projects presents us with unique challenges. Developers rarely like to answer a project manager’s questions. They often view the project manager as a distraction. Someone who doesn’t get it, and adds a layer of bureaucracy where it isn’t needed.
When I ask questions /
It is not to anger you /
Questions are my job
A project manager’s highest value to developers is in being able to translate technical issues into business speak, and business issues into technical words. When a project manager has a full understanding of an issue we can be the development team’s strongest ally.
Never be afraid to ask questions, or to admit when you don’t understand a technical issue. In my experience developers will respect you more if you ask questions, than if you pretend you understand something when you don’t.
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