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Managing Projects in Organizations: How to Make the Best Use of Time, Techniques, and People, 3rd Edition by J. Davidson Frame

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT AS THE ACCIDENTAL PROFESSION

Project management has been called the accidental profession. It is accidental in at least two senses. First, until quite recently, it has not been a profession that people have consciously chosen to pursue. No child answers the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with the answer, “Why, a project manager, of course!” People typically become project managers after stumbling onto project management responsibilities.

Project management is an accidental profession in a second sense as well: knowledge of how to run projects often is not acquired through systematic inquiry but is gained in a hit-or-miss fashion. Having received little or no formal preparation for their jobs, typical project ...

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