Maybe health experts won’t agree with this, but I am going to argue that there is a well-earned place for the pizza lunch in IT projects. In fact, I could even argue that the pizza lunch can be a staple of sound project management!
I have found pizza lunches to be useful in breaking the ice, especially when feelings between project members are frayed, or there are disagreements on project approaches that need to be resolved. In other cases, a pizza lunch can suddenly make a manager seem more human to onlookers while we are hunkering over pizza and bantering like an extended family on a picnic.
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