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3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

Sad is the ordinary citizen who pretends to fly like Superman / Superwoman. The sad reality is that most project managers attempt to do just that. They rush to stop the speeding (project) train from derailing. They leap to move the innocent bystander (stakeholder) from harm’s way and end up sacrificing their own credibility. If only PMs didn’t feel so darn invincible. Well, perhaps there’s a difference between feeling invincible and being pushed from behind by senior leadership. Is this a case of begrudging duty or of willing vigilantism? Brad Egeland hopes to sort out the cause behind PMs who risk life and limb to save bad projects in an article for Project Smart.

Reason #1: Stupidity

‘Stupid’ is such a harsh word. Perhaps “green” or “inexperienced” would suffice here. If you’re the new kid on the block (whoa oh oh oh oh), you don’t dare defy the mandates of a senior officer without branding yourself as troublesome from the start. Heck, maybe having a few battle scars will enhance your position at this early stage.

Reason #2: Indifference

At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the gruff and wizened PM who will take just about anything that comes their way. You’ve seen it all before, and “if it stinks don’t sniff it” is your mentality as you handle anything the top dogs throw at you with a spit and a shrug.

Reason #3: Inescapable Fate

Somewhere in between stupidity and indifference is the unavoidable reality that the next project handed to you was just plain meant to be yours. It’s not that you deserve this horrible project more than any other PM. It’s just that you happen to be available, or perhaps you’ve just done well on “similar” projects. Only now, you’re stuck with this one, which really isn’t as ordinary as it would seem. Good luck superhero. You’re going to need it.

Read the full article at: http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/3-reasons-we-say-yes-to-impossible-projects.php

About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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