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No matter what you do, things can go wrong
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If you work on a project where nothing has ever gone wrong, that means either you are doing something that's too easy or things are going wrong and you are ignoring them. What is your opinion?
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Anish -

It's rare that a project with sufficient uncertainty won't have at least one issue, but that's life - focus on building a good team which is able to roll with any punches which can't be avoided through effective risk management.

Kiron
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 22, 2017 8:40 PM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Kiron, for your response.
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Something to consider - the more 'on-top' of the project one is, the 'expected' issues are realized and mitigated as they happen, as opposed to at a point where the impact is greater than maybe should have been. Placing an emphasis on planning and analysis is an automatic mitigation activity, though like you say, things happen; miscalculated estimates, technical challenges, resource priority shift, etc. The earlier we notice a 'tremor' and the more transparent we are, and the amount of trust and influence we've garnered, the easier the 'process'.

Ebb & flow!
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 22, 2017 8:34 PM
Anish Abraham
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Andrew, I hear you and thanks for your feedback.

I think the only way to avoid difficult situations is to do nothing of importance or put yourself on projects where you are safe from risk.
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There is a big mistake in the first step you are taking to state this. The term "wrong". It has a lot of ambiguity. It is not possible to debate on it.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 22, 2017 8:22 PM
Anish Abraham
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Sergio, I understand what you are talking about.

I was just saying that bad things can happen during a project and as a PM nothing can be done to change them after the fact. Instead, how the team responds to adversity may be the larger factor in project success. Even a perfect team and plan can go out of control with just a push on a wrong direction.
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Dec 22, 2017 7:10 PM
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There is a big mistake in the first step you are taking to state this. The term "wrong". It has a lot of ambiguity. It is not possible to debate on it.
Sergio, I understand what you are talking about.

I was just saying that bad things can happen during a project and as a PM nothing can be done to change them after the fact. Instead, how the team responds to adversity may be the larger factor in project success. Even a perfect team and plan can go out of control with just a push on a wrong direction.
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Dec 23, 2017 7:28 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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As a PM we must to prevent, not to cure. People paid us to stay in control of the project and prevention is the way to show it. There is not a prefect plan or a perfect team. That is my opinion based on two things: 1-perfect is always the enemy of the good. 2-perfect is a subjective matter (as good,I know). BUT is a project manager does not show to stay in control she/he must be fire from work.
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Dec 22, 2017 6:55 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Something to consider - the more 'on-top' of the project one is, the 'expected' issues are realized and mitigated as they happen, as opposed to at a point where the impact is greater than maybe should have been. Placing an emphasis on planning and analysis is an automatic mitigation activity, though like you say, things happen; miscalculated estimates, technical challenges, resource priority shift, etc. The earlier we notice a 'tremor' and the more transparent we are, and the amount of trust and influence we've garnered, the easier the 'process'.

Ebb & flow!
Andrew, I hear you and thanks for your feedback.

I think the only way to avoid difficult situations is to do nothing of importance or put yourself on projects where you are safe from risk.
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Dec 22, 2017 6:03 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Anish -

It's rare that a project with sufficient uncertainty won't have at least one issue, but that's life - focus on building a good team which is able to roll with any punches which can't be avoided through effective risk management.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron, for your response.
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Things will always go wrong, that's what's right with life.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 23, 2017 5:07 PM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Sante, for your response.
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It is very rare that your are doing projects and nothing go wrong. Yes agree with other colleagues that term wrong has wide preceptions. A project in an ideal enviornment do'nt go wrong which not availble in real world
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 23, 2017 5:22 PM
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Thanks Mansoor for your response.
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You can avoid issues that can impact a project timeline by micro managing the team when you feel they are not providing a solid status on a deliverable. That will send a message to them to be more accountable and not just assuming they are on schedule.

Things still can go wrong, but a least you made an effort to mitigate the potential problem.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 23, 2017 5:48 PM
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Thanks for your response, Drake.
I agree making a effort to mitigate the risk is very important.
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Anish,

If everything went has plan, who would need a PM. The first step is to identify risk and manage them, that is the proactive part.
Once something append that impact the project is act on it, that is the reactive part.

In the rare case where a project follow planning from start to finish you are lucky or you didn't see something!
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 23, 2017 5:18 PM
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Vincent, I agree on this.

When things go wrong we have to make sure to have a tangible understanding of the problem and it's impact. Then the PM should be able to manage it.
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