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The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell by Michael Finer, Peter Taylor

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Appendices

Project management and the alien encounter

I suspect that you will all know this story.

Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body.

The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

A wise man explains it to them. ‘All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched a ...

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