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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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The “Special” Ones

As you learn and refine your craft, one thing all PMs come to realize is that how you initiate a project can have a profound effect on its overall success or failure. In fact there are the corner cases—what I like to call the “special” ones: the high-priority and low-priority projects as well as projects that feed into chaotic programs. Get assigned a high-priority project and you’ve got to hit the ground running and juggle a gazillion things at once. For a low-priority project you’re probably going to have to beg people to talk about it. And that project that feeds into a very chaotic program? Well, you just might pull out ...

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