PM Reality Check

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PM may help us build a career, a house, or a software application, but it will not help us understand the opposite sex or the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, comprehend the meaning of life or gravitational waves, or even find those damn keys we misplaced last night in our drunken stupor.  Yes, there are limits to what PM can accomplish, particularly if we attempt to apply overly-complicated methodologies to our projects, when most of our time and energy will be exhausted grappling with bureaucratic overheads that quickly kill off our enthusiasm and creativity. In my training role I call this the NZQA effect.

PMs must be willing to deal with frequent interruptions since project problems, requests, and other imperatives never wait for us to become unbusy.  So, often we need to drop whatever we are doing and refocus … Read More »


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