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EXECUTE: Commonly Occurring Problems

Problem #5: A team member is overly quiet and not contributing to discussion.

Draw the team member into the discussion by asking him or her substantive-but-not-too-risky questions, like: "Is there something we're not thinking of?" or "Do you think we're on the right track?" or "Is there something bad that could happen if we go forward with this?"

See Chapter 5 of Techniques for Managing Projects for further advice, including what to do if the overly quiet team member is YOU.

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