Keeping the Project on Course: Solve the Right Problem, Understand Key Assumptions, and Use New Frameworks

Keeping the project on course is particularly important in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments. Recent changes in managing organizations—such as downsizing, outsourcing, increased reliance on computers and Internet technology, and globalization of what recently were domestic-only markets—put most projects in this environmental context. Since keeping the project on course is easier, cheaper, and more constructive than canceling it or making revolutionary changes, we will first review research-based strategies to accomplish this. We suggest three leadership strategies: solving the right problem, understanding key assumptions, ...

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