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The Mcgraw-Hill 36-Hour Course by Linda Brennan

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CHAPTER 9PROJECT DEFINITION FOR RESULTS

I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.

As a child, you probably did not say, “When I grow up, I want to be a project manager,” yet remarkably, that is what many of us become. Pinto and Kharbanda referred to project management as the “accidental profession,” explaining that “having stumbled into the knowledge that project management has become a vital tool in their organizational processes, corporations must now learn how best to develop and use that tool.”1 Other than the “administrivia” (mail, messages, expense reports, and so on) that consumes a large part of the day, most ...

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