So I have this friend who has taken a job as a contract project manager at a big company. The group plans to have a number of projects of varying length and will assign her to specific ones as needed so she doesn’t know the details of any of them prior to accepting the job. I believe technically she reports to the VP of the group.
For her first project, the VP assigns her to a Director who asks her to take on a project that is due in 3 weeks. The project is currently being run by an Inexperienced PM who works for new Manager who was just hired (both employees of the company). My friend and the new Manager go over the project they have just been assigned and determine the Inexperienced PM has no project plan, no staff (they start Monday) and has just sort of been “winging it” for 8 weeks. The three of them work out a highly ambitious plan which still puts the final project at 3 MONTHS, not 3 weeks. In spite of this, the Director insists on the original 3 week deadline.
My concern is that either by intent or through incompetence, my friend has been placed in a situation where if and when the project fails to meet it’s deadline, she can easily become the scapegoat as an outside contractor.
OTOH, how does she raise these issues with either the SVP she reports to or the contract agency she works for to cover ass but without creating a political shitstorm?