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How to ruin a project?

Call me evil, but let me put you up to speed with what's happening to me: I'm a project manager working for 5 years with the same company, and they have decided today that I am "redundant" (in other words, they want to fire me), although I'm doing my job perfectly. Another project manager will take over my project when I'm fired, so what I want to do is to ruin the project before handing it over to the new PM. How can I do that?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

Fun question!

Here are some ways to ruin a project:

- If you haven't started the project yet

    - Forget to the planning phase altogether
    - Select a team of slackers to work on your project
    - Ensure that the requirements are vague

- If you have already started the project
    - Try to micromanage your team members, they'll become demotivated instantly
    - Accept all the changes you get without any change control
    - Cease all communication between you and the project sponsor/project stakeholders
    - Stop reporting on the project
    - Forbid testing/quality control altogether
    - Ask your team members to work overtime
    - Allow the functional manager to use your team members for non-project work
    - Allow gold plating

There are many, many other ways to ruin a project, but the above should really suffice. Good luck!
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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