A few weeks ago I took over a small project team. We’re a matrix organization and one of the three individuals on my team requested not to attend the One-on-Ones through his manager. I followed the recommendations in the podcast and finally agreed that he was not required to meet with me.
Now I’m struggling to stay informed on the work he is performing and charging to my project. How do I readdress the concept of the PM One-on-Ones or are there other things I can try?
All three of the team members are assigned to my project part time and other projects part time. I found it ironic that our relationship was so bad that instead of coming to me, he ran to his manager and the whole purpose of the One-on-One was to build a better relationship.
I talked with his manager, and after about 10 minutes discussing it with her, she wasn’t convinced this was a good use of his time. He is assigned to my project ¼ time, which is 10 hours, which means that our 30 minutes is 1/20th of the time he spends each week working on my project.
My relationship with the other two individuals is great. They are actually ahead of schedule on the tasks I’ve assigned to them and it looks like we will be able to deliver our product to the customer early. Since things are working so well with the rest of the team, I would like to try to reengage this third member. What recommendations are out there for things I can do to start building a better relationship with him?
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