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Managing Complex Projects by Kathleen B. Hass

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Foreword

The question often asked about project management is “why do so many projects fail?” Project management looks easy enough, and the concept of project management is quite simple: find a need, create a plan to meet that need, execute the plan, and you’re done!

The first step, identifying the need, is often the most straightforward. This may be the requirement for a new product or service that will meet market demand, or it may reflect a need to increase effectiveness or efficiency to improve competitiveness. These are “what” is needed. “How” to meet the need, or the plan to achieve it, is a bit more of a challenge, and the execution of the plan can be excruciatingly difficult. Both these factors depend on the complexity of the project. ...

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