I have an interesting case. A new person joined the company which is something like a project manager. I do not report to this person.
It is starting to become apparent that this is a person that can not really do a proper planning or describe to the team what needs to be done. The thing is that the person tries to distract from a mess that he is responsible for.
For example: when team is blocked and asking to write details on what needs to be done, the answer is:
we can not allow documentation to block us.
Is it efficient to spend time writing 5 pages of requirements?
why don't you want the team to talk? That's why the team sits near by to easily talk.
Basically whatever statement he hears he exaggerates and misrepresents it so that his position appears the reasonable one and I suspect in order to cover up by blaming others for the mess e.g. That the person has no support.
Basically he is using the strawman logical fallacy.
What are effective strategies to handle this pattern of behavior?
As mentioned I do not report to this person. I have to get involved occasionally in some of the things the team that is working with him is doing to help them finish as I know the system and technical aspects really good. I have seen the frustration of the team in meetings and for me the impact is that my time is wasted and I can't neither get the answers I need or understand what is expected as an outcome from what we are working on.
I suspect from the comments that someone will suggest to talk to my boss but at this point I do not want do that for 2 reasons.
1) I think it would be good for me to be able to handle conversations with such people effectively especially if I want to move higher up.
2) I am giving a small chance that the person is not realizing what he is doing and I would prefer someone else to report him with more stakes than me on this