Obviously because no one will take you seriously.
People are hesitant to give you the chance to whip up a really nice project. They will always blame your inexperienced soul, your lack of domain knowledge, your inability to handle deadline and pressure.
I know. Newbies might not have 16 years of experience behind them but they sure have the new technology, the zeal to work harder and flame to learn more. Try that.
So, if you are having a hard time getting a spot in the team:
- Observe well. Swoop down on every opportunity to volunteer for extra work.
- Get the best mentor possible and use your persuasion skills to convince them that you are here for real- to be a project manager.
- When you are pushed to the sidelines, work harder. Finish your assigned task and dive deeper into projects. Read through project documents if you get nothing else.
- Start a blog. It can turn people around- write truly, honestly and on what you can. Now they know you are into it and want to grow.
- Don’t take a NO personally. It’s just that most people don’t want to spend the time to train you; they would rather do it themselves. Persistence pays.
- Stick around. Be there. Listen to client calls, meeting updates, anything really. Try taking meeting notes.
- Read about terminologies, technology, clients- anything that will help you understand the next conversation better. Scribble the technical jargon you don't understand that you overheard two seniors talking about to "search" them later and learn about.
- Get along yet be professional. It’s important to be objective as well. Know where to draw the line.
- Never give up because it’s not happening right now. It will because you won't give up.
- Do the right thing. Don’t get involved in politics or back door policy to get what you want. It will backfire.
Either they are part of your team or work has been outsourced.
They are here because they are part of the team and want to help as much as you do
Clear instructions help when working miles away. So, when work is delegated ensure you have mentioned what is required, when and how you want it delivered.
Try listening when they come up with issues and being in their shoes.
Distance can be a major factor, so overlapping times for meetings might be necessary.
They are emotional. Bonding as one human to another might help, instead of focusing only as colleagues.
Communication gap will be the source of discontent. Conversations/phone calls should be given priority over emails if traveling onsite/offsite doesn’t seem a feasible option during the recession period.
Don’t take things for granted, please re-confirm.
Recognition for special initiation or delivery encourages everyone to pitch in or contribute to the best of their ability.
Understand the regional politics and try to keep it minimal. Lesser the better.
Beware of the cultural taboos when conversing with the counterpart from other nations.
- Time zone difference is the most important thing to consider
- Culture needs to be treated as a bonding factor
- Accents and language barriers can be solved
- Work ethics should be synched
- Communication will keep the team together
- Work will happen on how you manage all of the above