Projects go wrong for the same reasons all the time. There are no new sins.

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It's Easy to Give the Good News

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As I think back to some treacherous experiences in my project management career, I'm reminded of the huge difference between giving good news and bad news to the project client. It's so easy to pick up the phone to say the project is rolled out successfully, on time, on budget or that the latest deliverable is coming a week early and it's ready for review. It's so much harder to wrap your head around how to break bad news.

Getting In Over Your Head

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Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.

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