Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Classic Mistakes"

Without knowing it, your company, department, or project can pick up bad habits. Some of these are so predictable they are known as "classic mistakes". I had a manager once who without fail would mis-manage a project, er, several of them, to the point that when faced with missing a delivery date he would hire many contract developers (this is Classic Mistake #5) to pull his fat out of the fire, but it never worked.

The legendary Steve McConnell's excellent list should be on every manager's office wall, predominantly displayed so that their boss can read it, since project managers are often asked to come up with "creative solutions". Knowing what the classic mistakes are, in advance, helps one to avoid them.

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