Tales of Terror in Project Management



Whether it’s a crazed client, scary supervisor, lunatic schedule or something else, these MPUG tales are guaranteed to get your skin crawling in time for Halloween. We invite you to share your own tale of terror in comments below — if you dare…




You’re Fired — Or, Um, Unscheduled!
By Collin Quiring
This project manager could have used a lesson in saying the unspeakable.

The Case of the Clueless Management
By Ellen Lehnert
The tale of a CIO who doesn’t believe in training, a company lacking data for its dashboards and a client who expects projects to build themselves.

Project Server Twilight Zone
By Gary Chefetz
Ever landed in a room with no doors?

The Septic Slip-up
By Dale Howard
A slip of the tongue determined the devastating fate of this new trainer.

I Survived an Ax-wielding PMO Director
By Michael Wharton
Our hero becomes suspicious when nobody sticks around for very long.

A Project Engagement That Went Horribly Wrong
By Sharath Kumar
Unending scope creep almost landed this team of experts in purgatory.



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The Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG) is the world’s largest community of Microsoft Project users, with over 200,000 members in more than 170 countries. Founded in 1997, MPUG has been serving project management professionals for over 25 years, providing a platform for members to connect, share knowledge, and learn from one another. With a focus on using technology to improve project management processes, MPUG offers a variety of resources and services, including webinars, training courses, articles, and discussion forums. The organization is dedicated to helping members master Microsoft Project and related technologies, stay up-to-date with industry trends, and advance their careers. Whether you’re new to project management or a seasoned pro with decades of experience, MPUG is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

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  1. Horror projects? This will snowball in no time. I’m saving all of mine for my book.

  2. Haha great Halloween stories. What about my “lost in translation post”? Also a nice horror story: http://wp.me/p3RmLY-3d

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