The dirty secrets of project management revealed

For business systems, the project go-live date really does matter

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For business systems, the project go-live date really does matter — and project managers seem willing to sacrifice budget limits more often than they’re willing to blow past a scheduled deadline.  There are sound business reasons for doing this as bonuses, commissions and stock valuations depend upon the revenues and earnings for the quarter.  So you don’t want to make any changes that would mess up this quarter’s results, but you do want to implement changes as early as possible next quarter. 

Now for the problem:  You’ve got a few days to go, and the time pressure to do the cutover will only increase.  And with that, the collective IQ of the project team will only decrease.  Because of the 4th of July weekend, everyone will be lobbying for a slash-cutover to the new system so everyone can make their Q2 bonuses. 

Institutionalized rationalization?

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