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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 Say No to Unrealistic Target Dates

It’s a fact of life that PMs will be given unrealistic target dates for their projects. Sometimes these crazy dates are driven by real-world constraints such as market windows or large corporate initiatives, but they are just as often based on wild speculation—a management team with a Magic 8 Ball and a handful of optimistic dates. This is your reality and to be successful you need a slew of tricks up your sleeve to inject some reality into those pipe dreams. Let me share some of my tricks of the trade.

Triple Constraint Junkie

First, let’s go back to basics and talk about one of the most powerful constructs ...

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