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Chapter 1. Introduction

There they go. I must run and catch up with them, because I am their leader!

Mahatma Gandhi

After 10 years developing software, including a few years leading a team informally, I felt ready to become a project manager. I had been a successful software developer, writing system and user software, and had recently returned from an assignment in Japan where I initiated and led a large project for a major customer in China. In my not so humble opinion, I was prepared to lead a crack development team to greater glory.

The day my opportunity arrived, I was called in to meet the Lab Manager. This was back when managers actually played the part. He wore a Brooks Brothers dark grey pin-stripe suit with a red

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