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Things Your PMO is Doing Wrong by Michael Hatfield

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CHAPTER 3

Forcing the Tool

Tybalt: Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo—

Mercutio: Consort! What, dost thou make us minstrels? And thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance.

—Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 1

“Forcing the Tool” is the nickname I've given to the implementation technique of selecting a particular software tool that performs some aspect of project management information either earned value or critical path or both and attempting to leverage organizational power to compel its use. Unfortunately, this is a very common approach. The previous example of the government agency's earned value software was a variant of forcing the tool. This approach has two very ...

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