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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Sweep Under the Rug

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Figure 17. Sweep Under the Rug

A few years ago, I received a call to help a project in trouble. I started in the middle of a release cycle and worked with the team to identify what they could and should deliver and what should be postponed. The project team was able to finish their list of deliverables.

Following the release, I suggested the team hold a retrospective to learn what to do differently the next time. The VP didn’t think anyone would learn from a retrospective.

He forgot why I helped in the first place and focused on only our success. He said, “But the team did a great job. They did everything we wanted in this ...

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