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I. M. Wright's "Hard Code" by Eric Brechner

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Chapter 1. Project Mismanagement

My first column was published in the June 2001 issue of the Microsoft internal webzine, "Interface." I wanted a topic that truly irked me, in order to get into the character of I. M. Wright. Work scheduling and tracking was perfect.

The great myths of project management still drive me crazy more than any other topic:

  1. People can hit dates (projects can hit dates, but people can’t hit dates any better than they can hit curveballs). ...

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