November 27, 2012 3 Comments
“Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.” —Mike Tyson
Maybe you’ve heard the project manager axiom “plan the work, work the plan,” which suggests there’s value in both creating a plan and then closely managing that plan. But to Mike Tyson’s point, shouldn’t you also have a plan for when the original plan unexpectedly doesn’t work?
I’ve had the privilege to speak to over 1,000 practitioners over the years at project management presentations and classes, and in almost every instance I ask each audience to, “raise your hand if you’ve ever been on a project that did not have some unforeseen problem knock the project sideways to the point of putting the objectives at significant risk?” How many hands do you think I’ve seen over the years?
(Well, OK, there was one, but the person was referring to a two-week “project.” So I’ve learned to phrase the question differently.) Read more of this post