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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Bring Me a Rock

Cliff worked with his project team for a week developing a schedule. They’d completed a Hudson Bay Start (see Hudson Bay Start) and were sure they had identified the major technical risks. He explained the risks and the schedule to Norm, his boss. “Can’t you bring it in earlier?” Cliff trudged off back to the team.

After another week reworking the schedule with the team, Cliff had another date. He walked into Norm’s office and said, “If you give me a couple more people here and here,” he pointed to specific milestones, “I can take a month off the project.” Norm frowned, “Not good enough. I need this project done earlier.” Cliff sighed and returned to the project team.

The next week, Cliff brought another schedule to Norm, ...

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