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Key practices of traditional project management are based on the concept of reductionism, which holds that complex entities may be better understood by reducing them to their simpler constituents. For instance, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) decomposes a complex project into the deliverables that must be created to meet the project objectives. Subsequently, the project team can determine the skill sets and resources needed for each deliverable and schedule the necessary tasks, and then focus on completing each deliverable to achieve project objectives. If only it were that simple! While a "Reductionist" model such as this one may work in physics to describe the interactions of subatomic particles, and even in project management for very simple undertakings, it just does not work for complex projects.
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