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Creative Project Management by Michael Dobson

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8It Takes a Village to Wreck a Project

Normal people . . . believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.—Scott Adams, cartoonist, creator of Dilbert

WHEN YOU HAVE to manage a project, you want to treat people with respect, fairness, and integrity. At the same time, there’s a job that needs to be done, and as project manager, you’ve been given the power to ensure that it gets done. A discussion of people and power runs the risk of sounding manipulative and Machiavellian, and that’s probably unavoidable. As was said in another context, “That’s why they call it show business, not show friends.”

Unmanaged, the people in your project environment will wreak havoc on your ...

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