Each minute of our life is a lesson but most of us fail to read it. I thought I would just add my daily lessons & the lessons that I learned by seeing the people around here. So it may be useful for you and as memories for me…….
I would like to share working experience with my Project Manager. It’s for the first time in my Life working in a team under a Project Manager. Few months back I was assigned to a project called AIRecruiter which was lead by RajniKumar. He have got handful of experience working on different projects. On the first day i.e. on 04-Apr-2012 when I met him for the first time, I was bit scared to talk to him, because he was very experienced & senior. From my child hood i have habit to call everyone by their name, so i felt bit scared that he may think bad of me.
As the days progressed we started working as a team. Now he is the one with whom I share almost everything. Within the short span of our relationship, I noticed, learned a lot from him. Some of the qualities that inspired me are:
I was mainly impressed by the way Rajni communicates & coordinates with the Team members. He has the ability to communicate comfortably with people at all levels of the team & organization about the project. He conveys the message that he want to convey in clear & polite way. Basing on the requirement, he used to engage with different people in different ways in order to convey the message. One may need details while another prefers a brief overview.
Great Team Player:
Working in team is always a fun. Rajni is not only a good team player, he is also a great team coordinator. Whenever any team mate requires help, he used to stretch his hand to help them.
Assertive Nature Person:
Rajni is very straight forward. If he was not satisfied with our performance, he used to tell openly in a polite way. Always he used to give constructive feedback. If any of our team mates stuck with any issue, he used to guide them. When it comes to work, he never get compromised.
Selection of Resources:
Resources are important in order to complete any task. Rajni first identifies what to be done, later gathers the resources in order to accomplish the task. He interacts with individuals, to know their knowledge and experience, so that to use them in the correct areas for better results. He used to connect and converse with team members on a daily basis. He believe that once we have proper rapport and trust that is the foundation of any relationship, people will want to collaborate with you to get the project done on time and within budget.
It is one of the assets of Rajni, having a clear Vision. He clearly knows what to do. It is very important that, every Project Manger & the members in the team should have a clear vision.
Cool Under Pressure:
In the present competitive world, projects should be delivered on time, under budget and with no major problems or obstacles to overcome. As everyone knows projects have problems. A leader with a hardy attitude will take these problems in stride. When leaders encounter a stressful event, they consider it interesting, they feel they can influence the outcome and they see it as an opportunity.
Time management is critical
Whenever there is some deliverable, Rajni used to stay in the office work with team. Even when no one is there he used to work till early mornings to complete the task. As per my knowledge the project which I am working is a ONE man show.
As project managers, time management probably comes naturally. But, what do you do when your resources have been cut, and you’ve got twice as much to do? To really “do more with less,” you’ve got to become more productive. This nature I have seen in my Project Manager.
Strong Decision Maker:
In every project there are few crucial decisions which have to be taken on correct time.
If any decision has to be taken Rajni used to take the team mates opinion, if it’s fine used to implement it. He hasn’t got nature to take his own decisions as he like. Whatever decision he takes he used to present to team if they feel its fine used to implement it.
Decision-making is an integral part of project management. Yes, it is important to get the right people involved and get their opinions; however, you should always make the decision that is best for the project and the organization overall-even if it is not the most popular one. It is totally unrealistic for any project manager to expect one-hundred percent consensus.
The main quality that I like in Rajni is the way he see the problem or any task that has to be done. He never show disinterest towards work. This is one of the common qualities in both of us. I like Work N joyinG.
Friendly in Nature:
This single quality is enough to say, why do I admire Rajni? He never behaved like Project Manager with commanding nature. He used to treat everyone equally with friendly nature. What else can any member in a team can expect from their Project Manager.
I remember the day when we were given left & right by the client for not giving the Application Demo effectively. Unfortunately that day Rajni was not there. After he returned back, he told “In work environment all these are common; don’t feel bad, if we work together we can generate a Good Application”. What else we require to get charged up. We have Rajni motivating element for all of us, at any point of time.
If I start writing about him, it takes many pages. Simply I can say that In the early days of my professional career I fell into the hands of a Great Project Manager. It’s Honor to work with him.
Please feel free to share your story and any lessons you learned, you experienced, you came across in your life, in the comments below.
Sridhar Rao Thota
June 1, 2012 at 8:55 am
Good one Praveen …. keep it up and congrats for having such a polite & helping Team lead !
June 1, 2012 at 9:23 am
Thanks a lot brother. Really he is so helpful and he is a good guide to me.