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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Hope Is Our Most Important Strategy

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Figure 15. Hope is our most important strategy

A few years ago, a senior manager called me and said, “We have a project in trouble. We started off hopeful, but now it looks impossible.” I asked a few questions and discovered they had never done a project like this before. The project was bigger, in a different programming language, on a new platform, and with a shorter schedule than any they had ever done before.

The entire future of their company depended on a successful completion of this project that was bigger and more demanding than any they had tackled in the past. Their only strategy was Hope (see Figure ...

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