Asking Better Questions

The questions you ask determine the quality of answers you receive. Project managers should care about this more than most, because getting early information on how things are really progressing is the lifeblood of project management. It’s good to avoid leading or biasing questions by removing anything that assumes a particularly positive or negative answer from how you phrase the question. Even better is to use a question style that remains neutral and encourages comparison and reflection – for example by asking how the project is going relative to other project of a similar nature or at the same point from completion.

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