About a month ago, my company (builds software) has decided to implement new management hierarchy. Under this change, we have one Project Manager (PM) for multiple projects, whose responsibility is to decide what features to be worked on in future and monitor the current progress.
Previously we didn’t have a PM. I had been appointed as the Lead Developer and since I have an MBA, I also took responsibility of a product manager but without the title. With the recent changes, I am no longer allowed to decide myself and guide my team, which is sad.
The new PM doesn’t know much about project management (my opinion) and about the project. But then I get called into meetings with other stakeholders and the PM. There, I have to answer the questions from key people that PM should have normally answered in the first place. The PM takes my ideas from these conversations and presents those to the executive sponsors and ends up acting like PM really know the stuffs.
I hate this because I really do not get credit for my ideas. How do I strategically decline the meeting where this PM learns about my ideas? I feel like if I do not attend such meetings, then I do not have anything to speak and I will keep my mouth shut. When I am in such meetings and a question is directed to me, I honestly answer it. This is where the new PM learns about my ideas. If I can politely decline such meetings, then my only responsibility would be to code the features that has been decided.
So far I have been thinking to respond to the meeting request very late and send a colleague to cover for me while I will take a half day off.