It’s worth stating the obvious: you can’t please everyone. This is especially true in project management, where stakeholders have different agendas:

  • Company Executives want to make as much money in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Clients want the largest amount of features at the lowest cost in the shortest amount of time.
  • Motivated Team Members want to do relevant work and have their ideas be heard.
  • Unmotivated Team Members just want to do as little work as possible and go home to their families.
  • Customers want a cheap product or service that does everything and then some.
  • And a list of others whom you can only guess what they want.

So the next time you make a decision someone doesn’t like (and it will happen), just remind yourself: You can’t please everyone.  What you can do is weigh the choices and make the best decision possible for the project.

-Deborah Fike

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