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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Case in Point: Westpoint-Taylor

Located west of Huntsville, Alabama, Westpoint-Taylor was (back in 1999) a small systems services shop that employed about 30 people. Small as it was, the company was riding a wave of wild success. Its people possessed an early expertise in Ajax techniques that they used to develop interactive Web applications quickly and with much finesse. They had a steadily growing client base, and because they were able to leverage their engineering proficiencies into a compact development toolkit, they could take on more and more work without necessarily adding staff. The company operated that way as a point of pride, using its energy and enthusiasm to carry it over periods of heavy demand. But problems soon arose—not from ...

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