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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Manage Sponsors Who Want to Overconstrain Your Project

Most of the time, the conversation about what success looks like is not easy. You can see that I had to push Clyde to make some choices. That is typical.

I bet you’ve either been a project manager or worked on a project team who was told the feature set, low defects, and schedule are all the same priority—all number one. You can’t add more to the project. And, the cost is fixed. And you have to use the company-mandated process, offices, or furniture, or you have some other work environment issue that makes the project work difficult to perform. Nobody can make a project like that succeed unless there’s no technical or schedule risk in the project. But you have some approaches that can ...

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