No Complicity With Simplicity

Typical high-technology firms seldom apply more than a few of the principles cited this chapter. Instead, their staff moves about "helter skelter," trying to solve a problem with a complex solution that is likely a reinvention of what was been done earlier on another project. However, while few team members agree with the solution, they concede at least temporarily, either because it eases the problem or someone important felt it was the right answer. If the problem remains unsolved, they might wait for someone to do something, all the while looking busy doing insignificant work. As this occurs, the schedule slides, the budget is exceeded, and quality deteriorates. Team members both fear and hope that the unsolved problem is caught during testing.

Even if half the ideas in this chapter are implemented on a project, performance will improve. The dismal track record of project success and failure, however, attests to the fact that few use such suggestions. The challenge is to get project managers and team members to embrace the recommendations.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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