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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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We Gotta Have It; We’re Toast Without It

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Figure 24. We Gotta Have It; We’re Toast Without It

The boss calls Manny, the project manager: “Manny, we have to talk about your project.” Manny responds, “Sure, what’s up?” “Well, if we don’t add this one feature, we’re toast. Big Customer won’t buy this release.” Manny sighs and says, “Let me talk to the project team—I’ll get back to you.”

Manny hunkers down with the project team. They agree to fit this one extra feature into the release, even though they have no hope of meeting the schedule—which hasn’t changed.

Everyone here wants the project to succeed: the boss, the project manager, and the project ...

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