I will try to make a long story short here... but don't count on it.
Several years ago, I was promoted to the level of my incompetence, to what really is a project management role.
My love in the workplace is coding. I could write programs, and watch them work. I could dig in and make the programs more efficient.
I wrote a communication script back before wide area networks came along that took all the data entered during a shift, uploaded it, downloaded any updates (including zip code changes) and applied them, and in most places it was running at 1200 bps dial-up. Management decided it was taking too long (about 20 minutes at a busy office) so they called in the "experts" from the vendor and they found blazing speed improvements, like reducing the wait time between sending the attention signal to the modem, and dialing (which I had increased, because some modems failed at the default) and managed to shave off less than a second off of the 20 minute transmissions. I laughed when I thought of spending thousands of dollars to have that "work" done to improve my scripts.
I could keep going, but you see that I found satisfaction in doing a good job. I could pat myself on the back all night about my programming achievements.
Now, I basically do project plans, and wait for other people to do the real work. Like today, I entered a change request into the system, and then sent emails to 3 other people who did the real work. I had to update a status every hour starting at noon because it was turned into an urgent change... I profusely thanked everyone involved for doing a fine job, but I realized that I have no power to do anything if they didn't do the job. Some of the people I relied on don't share my management chain until we go up about 4 levels to the CIO.
I got the job done, or rather coordinated other people in getting the job done... and it was stressful, and in the end, I feel virtually no job satisfaction.
Don't get me wrong, I am thankful that I even have a job... I would just like to get some emotional benefit along with the financial benefit, if possible. I used to.
Does anyone else working in a similar capacity have any secrets to job satisfaction as a project manager?
I could sure use some.