Chapter 6

Defining and Launching Your Project

Brad has come a long way since that first wave of panic hit him when Gina made him a project manager. He can recall the strange sound of the term my project the first few times he said it out loud. But he has come to like the way it sounds. And why shouldn’t he? He’s learned a lot in a short time.

Brad has learned that project management is both a science and an art—partly mechanical, partly behavioral. He believes he knows what it takes to be a good project manager and what it takes to produce a successful project outcome. He’s certain that being a project manager is something he wants to do.

He has just finished reviewing the business case for Project Apex with Gina.

“OK, Brad,” remarks Gina, “There’s ...

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