Category Archives: Project Management

HealthCare.gov – technology, complexity and politics

The headlines and political repercussions from the HealthCare.gov debacle continue unabated. The focus is unsurprising, given the polarizing debate that proceeded the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As this is a technology management blog,… Read more

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Sticky Decisions – Anchoring and Adjusting

It’s the end of a long day of Saturday shopping. You’re at the big box appliance store, looking to replace that old refrigerator. After several rounds of negotiating with your salesperson, you relent, agreeing to his latest offer. Heck – it seems… Read more

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Complexity – The Kryptonite of Project Management

Most IT professionals are familiar with the disturbing frequency of large project failures. Famous boondoggles in the public space such as The Big Dig or more commonplace examples such as a failed ERP implementation have a hauntingly familiar… Read more

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Incentives Matter – The Misuse of Metrics

The lyrics of the rapper Notorious B.I.G chronicled the routine violence on the streets of the neighborhood known as Bedford-Stuyvesant.  Unfortunately, his songs reflected reality, and this Brooklyn neighborhood continues to be one of the highest… Read more

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