My job requires equal parts analysis and data display on a map. On a project I send these maps out for review as many as several times a day and incorporate changes requested by the project manager and sometimes support staff. I'm looking for advice on how to handle a boss whose comments are (I feel) personal preference and extremely time-consuming.
At this point I may sound like someone who just can't take criticism. But there are a few issues here:
- He isn't the project manager (PM) for many of these projects.
- The comments are almost all preference based: "Make the title smaller. Make the blue a darker shade. Make the..." versus the PM's comments: "Make these colors more distinct."
- There are MANY of comments like this, introducing a blockage in my workflow and making it harder to complete other tasks.
- He has admitted on some projects that he doesn't think all of the changes are necessary, but he was asked to review it and feels compelled to add as many as possible.
- The analysis is never checked, just the visuals.
- Few, if any, of his proposed changes are open to discussion.
The obvious thing to do is to suck it up and incorporate his changes. But I feel that there might be a better way to handle this.