In praise of second chances
In today's hyper-competitive marketplace, project managers are assigned new projects based on their success--and oftentimes, lack thereof--in leading the first few project teams they managed. This article discusses the relationship between project assignments and a concept known as the Matthew effect, an idea advocated by 20th-century sociologist Robert K. Merton. In doing so, it explains how the Matthew effect an either benefit or cripple a project manager's career. It describes how project managers can resolve the Matthew effect's primary negative concern: That an early-career failure can plague an individual's entire career.