June 07, 2006 (Computerworld) — SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Failing to initiate “crucial conversations” may be the single biggest cause of project failure, according to preliminary findings of an ongoing study on project management.
The study, being conducted by Vital Smarts Inc., a Provo, Utah-based training firm, found that project managers’ inability to talk to people about five often-occurring negative situations frequently leads to failure. The preliminary findings were made public here yesterday at Delivering Project Excellence, a conference for project managers.
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