Who's on First?

Ty Kiisel

Abbott and Costello first performed the “Who’s on First?” sketch for a national audience in 1938. Whether or not you’ve actually seen the sketch, you more than likely know what it’s about. It starts with Abbott describing the players on a baseball team: Who’s on first, What’s on second and I Don’t Know is on third. It’s not too big of a stretch to feel like Costello when trying to understand what’s going on within the project teams in your organization (however, if What’s on second, it would be pretty hard for him to contribute to your project).

I don’t think it matters if you’re the PMO director or the CIO--I’ve come to appreciate that properly staffing project teams is much like fielding a baseball team with Who, What and I Don’t Know. Sometimes in the middle of a challenging project, “who’s on first” isn’t obvious.

To really understand whether or not you have the right players (or even the right teams) in place to complete the projects you’re responsible for on time and on budget, there is a critical shift in paradigm you need to embrace. Projects aren’t the only things team members are working on. And another thing…

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