This leads us to the odd conclusion that strict control is something that matters a lot on relatively useless projects and much less on useful projects.
So, how do you manage a project without controlling it? Well, you manage the people and control the time and money. You say to your team leads, for example, “I have a finish date in mind, and I’m not even going to share it with you. When I come in one day and tell you the project will end in one week, you have to be ready to package up and deliver what
you’ve got as the final product. Your job is to go about the project incrementally,
adding pieces to the whole in the order of their relative value, and doing integration and documentation and acceptance testing incrementally as you go.
Consistency and predictability are still desirable, but they haven’t ever been the most important things.