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Managing Projects in the Real World: The Tips and Tricks No One Tells You About When You Start by Melanie McBride

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How to Figure Out What’s Really Going On

One common challenge all project managers (PMs) face is just how to figure out what’s really going on. I’m not talking about the politically correct spin the marketing representative is putting on for her boss. I’m talking about the real deal—the lay of the land, if you will. How comprehensive is the project plan? Is work really preceding at a fast enough pace? What does the Engineering Manager think of this latest feature? Will anyone be working this weekend?

All of these bits of information flotsam and jetsam are available if you know how to go about finding them. What about that backchannel of information ...

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