The Graded Approach

“Justice delayed is justice denied.”

—William Ewart Gladstone

Sounds so reasonable, doesn't it? A Graded Approach. Ooooooo. Because project management is so important, so crucial to get it right, and the rest of us in the organization, we're so backwards in this regard, we just can't take it on all at once, understand?

Management professor and fellow PM Network columnist Bud Baker once e-mailed me about one of my columns, “To Kill a PMO.” Bud noted how, in his experience in the United States Air Force, that a common PMO-killing tactic was to stall project management progress with insincere cooperation. The tactic gained the name “the slow roll,” and Bud ended his e-mail describing this trick with the sentence “The ...

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