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The Unwritten Laws of Engineering: With Revisions and Additions

By
James G. Skakoon
James G. Skakoon
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W. J. King
W. J. King
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ISBN-10:
0791801624
No. of Pages:
60
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2001

Every manager must know what goes on in his or her domain.

This principle is so elementary and fundamental as to be axiomatic. It follows very obviously that a manager cannot possibly manage a department successfully without knowing what's going on in it. This applies as well to project managers with specific responsibilities but without direct subordinates as it does to department heads. No sensible person will deny the soundness of this principle and yet it is commonly violated or overlooked. It is cited here because several of the rules that follow are concerned with specific violations of this cardinal requirement.

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