Dear PM Advisor. May 5, 2014

Dear PM Advisor, I work at a small company where all the team members are on multiple projects and wear multiple hats. As a result people are not even showing up to status meetings and I can't seem to hold them accountable to complete tasks on time. 

Any advice?

Under-resourced in Connecticut.

Dear Under-resourced,

Cookies always help.

First of all, make sure your status meetings are well organized and take no more than 25 minutes. Check out a previous post for how to accomplish this. Never waste any team member's time.

Schedule these meetings when most team members can attend. Give them no good excuse for missing them.

For the few who still miss your meeting, corner them at their desk and ask them about their tasks and give them new ones that came out of the meeting. Make sure they are held accountable even if they miss the meeting. Pretty soon they'll realize that their best defense is to attend the meetings.

Good luck,

PM Advisor.

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