June 21, 2012, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.
From the Editor
Alfonso Bucero posted last week explaining one of his key watchwords: Passion, Persistence and Patience. Geof Lory's column on being smart about speed, and Brian Irwin's blog demanding that we actually do something to create the change we want to see, followed with such a perfect setup that we've made it our theme this week. You can let the project run you, or you can run the project. Passion, Persistence and Patience.
In the last ten to fifteen years, I don't know if I have worked for a company where schedule hasn't been the primary driver on the project. There is a lot of talk about staying under budget, but in reality few companies track their project spend at a level where monitoring project costs can be proactively useful or even known. Quality seems to get the same level of attention and is not really taken seriously until it dips to a dangerous level. And scope, well, when is enough, enough and who really can say no?
by Geof Lory
I find that the schedule is often self-imposed by an owner or senior manager who feels that if he/she doesn't create the sense of urgency things will just not get done. Their thought is that without the overt pressure of the schedule, people will just sit around in meetings and ruminate or spend time surfing the Net for the latest scoop on some celebrity. While I believe that having a goal which includes a timeframe, random application of inexplicable schedule pressure with the associated need for speed, may not always get the intended results. Speed can be good. Speed gets things done, sometimes. Speed also has prerequisites. Ignore them and speed can kill.
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Geof Lory is thawing out from his recent gig in Barrow, Alaska before heading to southern China in July (where we're certain he won't have any trouble keeping warm). If you'd like to bring him to your neck of the woods, you can reach him through www.gtdconsult.com.
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Alfonso Bucero's most recent post, as usual, speaks for itself: Persistence: Never Give Up. Don't miss his practical take on a personal trait.
Are you ready to get knocked off your complacency for this week? Check out Brian Irwin's pull-no-punches post Irate about Change. The most terrifying thing about this post is how true it is.
Could your project have a better life? Almost certainly. A staff review of Right-Brain Project Management explains how this book by Mike Aucoin can help your project get a life.
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