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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Happy Date

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Figure 18. Happy Date

Sometimes, I work with organizations where there’s an implicit agreement not to discuss the schedule. I’ve seen this most often when management demands a date, and the project team says, “Sure, no problem. Christmas it is!” But they don’t say which Christmas.

Eventually, when some Christmas comes around, or enough dates have been missed, people start discussing the schedule—but not until the project team has missed many milestones, possibly even the first few desired end-of-project dates.

I worked with a project team once who hadn’t met a milestone or anything else on their project schedules in more than five ...

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