I am facing a not-so-unique situation lately on my project. I have a senior developer who is not performing up to par, and in fact, has been missing a lot of partial days. He seems to be having a ‘personal matter’ to take care of and it has been validated by others in the company. As a manager though, I cannot push him too hard. I also cannot ask him too many personal questions lest I hurt him.
But for me on the project, my deliverables have been highly delayed now and it is really making estimation hard by him not showing up every now and then.
It is quite a challenge.