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Some people are less than desirable team members for project success. Here are a few standard characters to look for:
Bernie carries baggage from the past. He’s fond of saying “But that’s the way it’s always been done around here”. Bernie holds on to the tried and tested ways regardless of how inefficient or needless the steps. Bernie never throws anything out despite his wife’s attempts to get him to replace that ‘Veteran’ under ware.
Wanda endured a lot of pain to learn her job. Pain she does not want to experience ever again. Wanda has seen change before and she does not like it. She says things like “Sure, and then in another ten years they’ll want to change something again!” and “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. Wanda still uses a typewriter, slide rule, and a rotary telephone.
Percy has trouble with decisions. Afraid to make the wrong decision, he often makes none at all. Constantly second guessing himself and others, Percy has reduced his vocabulary to “Should have’ and “Let’s not rush into anything”. In College Percy was on the debating team and the football team where he played Monday morning quarterback.
Patty is not fond of sharing information. She believes that aspects of her job should remain secret from the prying eyes of others. When asked a question she responds with remarks like “That’s on a need-to-know basis only” or “I can tell you but then I’d have to kill you”. Patty believes the sharing information and cooperation are the quickest steps to the unemployment office.
Sam believes that there is only one way to do things: His Way. He refuses to see other people’s point of view. Sam’s favorite saying is “Walking in someone else’s shoes is a sure way to pick up bacteria”.
Last but certainly not least is a fellow called The Scope Creep