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Dangerous Project Team Behaviour

A great list of From Michael Krigsman’s piece Early warnings: The IT project failure dilemma (part 1)

Wishful thinking: We’ll be able to launch on time, because we really want to.

Self-congratulation: We’ve been working awfully hard, so we must be making good progress.

Testosterone: Nobody’s going to see us fail. We ROCK!

Doom-and-gloom fatalism: We’ll just keep coming in every day and do our jobs, and what happens, happens. (See Dilbert, virtually any strip).

Denial: The project just seems to be going badly right now, things are really okay.

Gridlock: The project is stuck in a kind of limbo where no one wants to make certain key decisions, perhaps because then they’ll be blamed for the failure.

Moving the goal posts: For example, we never really intended to include reports in the system. And one week of testing will be fine; we don’t need those two weeks we planned on.

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