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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tim Lister, Peter Hruschka, Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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9. Management By Mood Ring1

1 Mood rings became popular in the U.S. during the 1970s. The idea behind the mood ring was simple: You wore it on your finger, and the color of the stone reflected the state of your emotions. For a few dollars, you could figure out how you were feeling.

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“Mood Ring” by Bruce MacEvoy

The manager reports status based on the activities, efforts, and enthusiasms of the team rather than on the risks, decisions, and issues facing the project.

Listen to project managers talk about their work. Listen especially to how they communicate the status of their projects. It often reveals quite a bit about how they manage.

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