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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Discuss Your Project Constraints with Your Client or Sponsor

Feel free to take the initiative to understand what your sponsor wants. Here’s a conversation I had with a sponsor for a recent project:

JR:

Hey Clyde, let’s discuss what’s really driving this project.

Clyde:

Oh, no. Not this again. You made me do this the last time.

JR:

Yup. And remember when you wanted to add another feature? Because you told me you wanted to squeeze in as many features as possible before the release date, I was able to add it, because of the way we had organized the project. It wasn’t easy, but it was possible.

Clyde:

Oh, yeah. I forgot. OK. But this project is different.

JR:

Oh? Tell me more.

Clyde:

Look, you take care of the people. And the project ...

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