Project Manager Naively Believes He Has A Say

AMSTERDAM — During a meeting where a heated argument between two engineers broke out, a Project Manager innocently stepped in and suggested a path forward, sparking silent merriment from all the technical leadership around the table, including Slack messages of emojis with tears of laughter aplenty. “Let’s just run the exact same software on that cheaper device, no need to port the code, and we can meet the schedule and the budget” the suddenly self-confident, uncontaminated manager said, feeling—for the first time in a long while—relevant and heard. Meeting went along by engineers politely nodding in comprehension while surreptitiously agreeing to sort things out in a separate, more applicable forum.