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Fundamentals of Project Management, Third Edition by James P. Lewis

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Chapter 11. How to Make Project Management Work in Your Company

It is one thing to know how to manage projects. It is another to get people to actually do it. Running by the seat of the pants seems a lot easier than doing all the planning, scheduling, and monitoring that have been presented in this book. Even when people invest three or four days in project management seminars, you find that they soon forget what they have been taught and go back to the old ways.

I have struggled with this problem for twenty years and finally have some answers. Here are suggestions on how to make the principles of project management work in your company:

• Dr. W. Edwards Deming learned more than fifty years ago that if you don’t get top management involved in ...

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