Meet Minimum Requirements—Anything More Is Too Much

Does this conversation between a project manager and a project outsider sound familiar? It was a Y2K project, but it could have been any project.

Outsider: “Will your project complete on time?”
PM: “We have no choice.”
Outsider: “I didn’t ask if you had a choice. I asked, ‘Will you complete on time?’”
PM: “This is an important project. There’s a lot riding on the success of this project. We must complete on time.”
Translation: “No, we won’t complete on time. Anybody with any project experience knows this.”

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