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Comment: Something I learned during an internship (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by jiteo (#42369945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

Pretend you don't understand and ask him questions. "I need to work with this team leader, can you explain his role please?" "I need to know what I can and can't ask of this consultant, can you clarify his mandate?"

He'll either give rational logical answers - in which case you can accept them or counter with more questions - or by trying to answer your questions he'll realize his reasons for doing all those things weren't as great as they first seemed to him - in which case you win - or he's a politician and changing his mind is flip flopping, so he'll dig in and defend himself at all costs - in which case you're screwed, but if that's the case you're screwed regardless.

backups: always in season, never out of style.

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