Our organization develops multimedia and video programs. As production manager, I am in charge of 3.5 other people (the .5 is the ability to give simple work to another person who does not officially report to me).
Each person manages their own projects, and sometimes is the only person to work on a project. I too manage my own projects and do much of the work on my own projects. However each member of our team is a specialist in one or more skills, so we all contribute to others' projects when needed.
We have bi-weekly meetings with our group, plus the boss and another person who manages the schedules/deadlines.
The main problem is work tends to come in between our bi-weekly meetings, which is either not on the master project list, or is a sub-task of a known project. Whatever the source, the work that comes up delays established deadline, so when the next bi-weekly meeting arises, it looks like no one, myself included, has completed any of the deadlines. We have all, however, been quite busy. In fact much of the work we have all been busy with has been on known projects, just not the deadlines discussed at the last meeting.
Thus we all leave the meetings feeling like we have not accomplished anything, even though we have.
Anyone else feel my pain?