Project Management & Time Travel
- Created on Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:42
- Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:15
- Written by Craig Golby
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Project Management is one of the few roles in life where we are routinely expected to predict the future, to expect the unexpected, and to have dealt with both before they occur, so that when they do we can simply report, “yeah, I’ve got that covered”.
When we fail in this part of our quest, we are reprimanded, in the worst infringements summarily dismissed, or to take the more politically correct approach, transferred, re-tasked or let go.
I am sure that if a University placed a few Professors on this problem the outcome in 14 months’ time ( it would be 2 months late and over budget) would be a formula based on Project Complexity, Duration Spent and Remaining and a few other variables that would immediately tell us when such an occurrence would happen, and no doubt how to deal with it. This study however will never occur, as it is more important that the Professors spend their time establishing a formula for how long hair falls when placed in a ponytail.
So in the absence of any help, how do we do it?
I believe this comes with experience, and a willingness to accept that that bad feeling in the pit of your stomach does mean something. So have faith in your own abilities, and explore what you are working on, ask questions. Someone once said to me that there is no such thing as a stupid question if you don’t know the answer, so ask away, and keep on asking until you get to the facts, until that feeling starts to dissipate. Then and only then can you accept what is being said, and in time you will realise that whilst you haven’t travelled in time, you may on occasion get the opportunity to be perceived as someone that has predicted the future and can say “yeah, I’ve got that covered”.
You can’t Time Travel, so don’t try it. Believe in yourself, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t, so keep digging until you hit Rock !!