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February 17, 2014

Sun TzuIn the context of war, the sagacity of employing spies can not be questioned and it still remains a major source of information. In the modern business scenarios, the criticality of the role that information on project delivery can not be denied, however, a project manager is not authorized to use spies for this purpose. However, a project has many sources of information, both formal & informal, colleagues & friends, verbal & written and confidential & public.

About the information sources, and handling the information a project manager may receive, Sun Tzu has said,

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Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.
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Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports.

ConfusedWe live in world of information overload and exposure. We must rely on people who possess a certain level of wisdom so that they are able to filter the right information for the benefit of the project. This is a special skill, that can only be developed with experience.

While a project manager may receive critical information from several resources, the subject matter experts and skilled people, without appropriate knowledge, skills and wisdom, he is unable to use it to his advantage.

Though, the matter of The Art of War is not project management, we can clearly see that this wisdom, very clearly applies for today’s generals, the project managers, as well. A project manager can only apply

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