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Software Development Edge, The: Essays on Managing Successful Projects by Joe Marasco

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Chapter 21. Crisis

Every successful manager is “rewarded” by being asked to do harder and harder things. The path to professional growth entails taking on new and different challenges. Among the most difficult of these is jumping into the middle of someone else’s project.

Management is usually very reluctant to change managers in the middle of a software development project. The manager usually has so much “context” in his head that the replacement costs are prohibitive. But sometimes there is no choice. A change must be made, and you have been selected to go in and set things right.

First, you need to realize that you have a sick patient on your hands. If the situation weren’t grave, they wouldn’t be changing doctors, so don’t expect that things ...

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