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“Golf and project
management?” asked Edward intrigued. “Are you really serious about using this golf course as an analogy for getting
our projects done in the workplace?”
“I don't see why not,” said Louise, bouncing a ball rhythmically on her wedge at the same time.
“After all, a project is just something new that needs to get done. We need to break it down into a series of individual,
focused steps. Otherwise, it is all just a blur of meaningless activity-based words like ‘planning’ and ‘controlling.’”
“Very interesting,” said Edward
grinning at the connection. “Nine holes, nine graphics, and nine steps I presume. I’d never thought about it this
literally. Now I'm beginning to understand your comment about visual representation yesterday. We all learn better when
we can draw clear associations.”
This book sets out a dialogue between three main schools of thought in facing
the future of project management. Bob Johnson represents a system or process-centered approach, Edward Smyth represents a
personality-centered approach, and finally Louise O’ Higgins brings an academic and theoretical approach. Together,
they are challenged to create a project management framework or approach to assist a company in urgent need of help.
Each character in this business novel sets
out a case for inclusion of their ideas and beliefs in the final format. Fortunately, all are keen golfers and find comfort
and interesting parallels in the game to help with their conflicts, communication, and even the very structure of the final
approach to project management.
No animals were injured in the making of this movie - However
a lot of golf balls were lost.