The Damnable Need for Consensus

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

—Margaret Thatcher

The need for obtaining consensus from others in the organization in order to advance project management is a tricky proposition and much silliness has been written about it. It seemed for an interminable length of time I couldn't read PM Network, Cost Engineering, Measurable News, or any other trade publication without being exposed to some scold prattling on ad nauseum about the need to “engage stakeholders” in every single decision pertaining to program or project management. Although it may be obvious by now, ...

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