April in North America is a month of transition. As the winter winds begin to subside and warmer air and spring showers bring colorful flowers, our moods lighten and the gloom of winter is replaced with, well…hope.
Spring also coincides with the start of the North American professional baseball season. Yesterday was the first home baseball game of the year for my local team, the San Francisco Giants. Opening day 2014 was an event to remember. The Giants won; the fans left the stadium ecstatic. Optimism for a successful year was high. Even the old-time, cynical fans were left thinking, “this just might be our year to win it all!”
There are similarities to the beginning of the baseball season and the start of a new business project. In the beginning, new projects generate excitement, optimism, high expectations, and maybe a distorted view of reality. Project team members are full…
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