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  • Writer's pictureClair Whitmer

This Time Will Be Different

A former co-worker gave me this cartoon. I'm still wondering which of the projects we worked on together inspired the gift and if it was all my fault.

Cartoon illustrating a Before and an After
This work of genius is entitled "Mismatched Expectations".

But now, every time I start a new project, I begin by sharing it with everyone on the team just so that we have the opportunity to nod solemnly and then pinky swear with all our hearts: not this time!

I feel like my sole purpose in a kickoff meeting is to uphold this ritual and thereby avoid an outcome that looks like a cartoon. 

It’s like Product Management were a 12-Step program and this is my Serenity Prayer.

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