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How big is too big?

A folk proverb warns: 'Too many cooks spoil the broth'. Particularly in a small kitchen, there is almost no way around this problem. There are too many people working with not enough room, not enough tools and usually not enough time to do the job the best it can be done. But is this always the way that it works in industry? In this Debate, you will consider the question of size and effectiveness.

Question: Consider the sentence: 'The larger a project is, the easier it fails. Nothing can change this trend'.

Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Select a position that is close to your personal standpoint. Collect arguments supporting your position and refuting the opposite one. In every particular case, identify the idea(s) you are opposing. Explain why you consider it (or its specified part) wrong and why.

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https://hbr.org/2007/01/leading-change-why-transformation-efforts-fail

http://futureofcio.blogspot.com/2013/03/five-super-pitfalls-why-large-it.html

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Post: Consider the sentence: 'The larger a project is, the easier it fails. Nothing can change this trend'.
Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Select a position that is close to your personal standpoint. Collect arguments supporting your position and refuting the opposite one. In every particular case, identify the idea(s) you are opposing. Explain why you consider it (or its specified part) wrong and why.

I believe that large projects fail as a result of inadequate governance as well as poor project management. Therefore, the statement that "the larger a project is, the easier it fails" is true but the statement that "nothing can change this trend" is false. I will first elucidate upon the problems that plague many large projects, which mostly stem from the improper project management and a lack of governance. Project managers are the people that manage projects but for a project to succeed, leaders of the organization and every person vital to project success must be involved in the project, without collaboration from all members of the organization, the project is destined for failure because project success is predicated upon all members of the organization working in unison.

In large projects, it is harder to clarify and communicate to team members the projects goals and objectives because of the various departments that have their own individual managers. Therefore, communication in multi-organizational projects, which are the largest projects for big companies to engage in, often suffer as a result of the challenges associated with different departments who have their own culture, point of view and management ...

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This solution discusses the size of a project.

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