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  3. I am a strong believer that situations almost always dictate our actions. There is nothing wrong with established management processes or methods, but I feel all too often complacent project managers choose a style that worked before without evaluating whether it makes sense in the present situation.

  4. Brian,

    You are absolutely right. Every project I’ve lead – or been a member of – has been slightly different because the mix of people and the nature of the projects vary. Partly, it’s because I am attracted to projects that have a high level of uncertainty, or have experienced a failure and it’s a recovery task. One of my first managers at JPL told me “If it’s not hard, its not fun.”

    Anyway, back to the topic…

    Every team I’ve led, every collection of skilled people I’ve worked with, has had a different dynamic. I’ve always found it is more than worth my time to get to know what is important to team members and led with that knowledge.

    To get to know them, I have always practiced visiting team members where they sit, as it is a less risky space than being called to my office. That’s why a planned entry to this Project Management blog will be “The power of walk-abouts”.

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