Yale student Victoria Buhler recently wrote a term paper that was recently given some public airing. Some of what Ms Buhler wrote -- as described by columnist David Brooks -- is worthy of note by by project managers who have recruited young grads onto project teams, to wit:
This last one is particularly close to home for me. In the risk management classes I instruct for PMI eSeminarsWorld I ask about qualitative vs quantitative risk mangement and decision-making. I always get a big majority going with the qualitative. Students tell me it's just too hard to get everyone on the same page with numbers -- too much energy goes into defending the metrics and estimates.
Of course, we bring this on ourselves too many times, citing uncalibrated 'facts' that are not facts at all. When push-comes-to-shove, we often really can't defend the numbers.
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