Saturday, November 01, 2008


Are Project Managers you know certified in mushroom management?

Mushroom management is when the project manager treats people the way we raise mushrooms -- keep team members in the dark and feed them a steady diet of manure...

Usually occurs when micromanagers don't know what to do, and don't trust anyone else to decide. Look for lots of meetings full of frightened looking people. Why do technical resources continue playing this game?

Another strategy to consider is the pinball reward. The "prize" for playing pinball well (for those who remember the game!) is the chance to play again for free. Similarly, a common "reward" for successful engineering/delivery in large enterprises is the "chance" to do another project...

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