This issue extends to how businesses handle small projects, too. It's remarkably common to assign a project to someone with no training in the discipline, expecting them to figure it out as they go along. Talk about setting people up to fail!
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Since you're a member of the business faculty in your institution of higher learning, I'd urge you to add a mandatory class in project management. It's one of the most valuable skills anyone in business can master, and it is eminently teachable (I should know -- I teach it).
This story, "Teamwork is an essential skill -- so why isn't anyone teaching it?," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Bob Lewis's Advice Line blog on InfoWorld.com.