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> Any decent project manager who wants to keep their job will acquiesce to people further up in the org chart

In my book, that project manager is not "decent". A decent project manager would recognize the situation for what it is and leave.

Then there won’t be any good project managers, as I’m fairly certain most executives do this shit.

That's the problem I've been seeing in non tech based companies. IOW when tech isn't what they're selling.

A deadline is a requirement. It is not a PM’s job to reject requirements, though it is their job to help th customer understand and manage resolution of situations where the combination of requirements given are in conflict, such as when a deadline is insufficient to acheive the functional requirements.

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