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Adaptive Project Framework: Managing Complexity in the Face of Uncertainty by Ph.D. Robert K. Wysocki

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Chapter 1. Overview of the Adaptive Project Framework

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

—Winston Churchill

There is no data on the future.

—Laurel Cutler, Vice Chairman, FCB/Leber Katz Partners1

1 Quotations at the heads of chapters are from Lewis D. Eigen and Jonathan P. Siegel, The Manager’s Book of Quotations (New York: AMACOM, 1991).

We have reached a crossroads in our journey to make a better world through our project-management efforts. Before we go any further, I want to ask you to stop and give some thought to how we should proceed on our journey. What I want to share with you is new, and is my conclusion after having been on this journey with you for the past 40 years. ...

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