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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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The Schedule Tool Is Always Right, or Schedule Dream Time

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Figure 23. Schedule Dream Time

Barney was a PM in an organization where the execs understood only the waterfall life cycle. They thought iterating was a waste of time. They expected to see a Gantt chart the first week of the project, that the PM would manage to the chart, and that everything would be fine. And, inevitably, if Barney had to report that the project was not on track, some helpful senior manager would say something like, “Well, it says on the schedule that you’ll be here. What’s wrong with you that you’re not on schedule?”

The execs didn’t understand projects where people ...

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