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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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How Little Can You Do?

Too often, project teams think about how much they can do. They think the project should be built around the mind-set of “How much can we fit into this project?” Instead, consider the mind-set of “How little can we do?”

How-much thinking carries these assumptions:

  • People are not a scarce resource. We should put all of them to use immediately, working like mad on the project.

  • Schedule really doesn’t matter.

  • Cost of development is not a driving factor.

How-little thinking carries these assumptions:

  • Understanding the requirements is a scarce resource. We should focus our energies on delivering something that shows we understand the specific requirement and the value it has to our customer.

  • Schedule is critical, ...

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